Thank you for taking time to read this. I am in desperate need of financial assistance to pay for my dental treatment. In 2005, I was involved in a serious car accident. I was given Oxycontin to treat the severe pain from the damage caused to my body. I took my medication every day as prescribed. Unbeknownst to me, I had become dependent on and addicted to opioids. About 15 months later, my doctor stopped refilling my prescription and. I began to feel the horrific nausea, anxiety, insomnia and diarrhea of what I now know was cold turkey opioid withdrawal. My vulnerability and desperation slowly lead me to becoming addicted to heroin. Within a year, I went from having a full and beautiful life to living on the streets, having lost everything. I began dating an older man who was extremely abusive and controlled my entire life. The pain, violence, and abuse that I experienced on the streets was unimaginable. This continued for 10 years until an accidental overdose saved my life.
Going to rehab was my saving grace. I was able to medically detox in a safe and secure environment. I was diagnosed with PTSD from the trauma I experienced during my addiction and began working through that in therapy. For years, I fought very hard to turn my life around. I returned to college and began working with those still suffering on the streets. As my healing progressed, there has always been one thing that standing in my way, making it impossible for me to leave my past behind me, and that is my broken smile. The damage done to my teeth through addiction is devastating. It has become a permanent scar of my past struggles and poor choices. Every time I look in the mirror, I’m haunted by the pain of my past all over again. For me, there is so much shame and embarrassment surrounding my teeth which has affected my life in so many ways. Besides being unable to properly chew food which is extremely uncomfortable as it is, my mouth is also in continuous pain…often times the pain is so great that it becomes debilitating. I am constantly being looked at and judged by the world around me. I can’t talk without covering my mouth which has made it impossible to connect with people, causing me to have the worst social anxiety. I have been turned away from countless job opportunities due to the appearance of my teeth and the negative stigma attached to it. I often hear people saying things like “she’d be so pretty if her teeth weren’t so ****ed up”. Hearing stuff like that hurts so bad. To be honest, I never realized what an important role teeth played in experiencing life and interacting with the world until I lost them. I feel so disconnected from the world and it’s such a lonely feeling. My dental issues have completely robed me of my confidence and self-esteem.
Being able to afford my dental treatment would mean the world to me. It would change the whole trajectory of my life. This dental treatment would give me the confidence to leave the past behind me and the strength to reclaim my life. It would give me the strength to take my power back and find my voice again, create new relationships and find a place where I belong within my community. And then there’s the little things that would mean so much to me like being able to smile again…. so hard that my cheeks hurt. And laugh again… so hard that I can’t breathe. It would break me out of my shell after so many years of isolation. This dental treatment would allow me to create a life that I’m proud of and become the person I’ve always wanted to be. Most importantly, it would allow me to leave the pain of my past behind me for good and experience self-love again. I have always thought that asking for help was a sign of weakness and it wasn’t until I was in recovery that I learned that it’s in fact a sign of strength. So, with all my strength, I am asking for your help. Please help me get my smile back. Life really isn’t worth living when your time is spent hiding from the world. Thank you in advance for your contribution. You have no idea how much it means to me to have your support.
Here is my link https://paypal.me/HSimons991?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US
You will notice that a grant and DIS have already lowered the cost greatly! My balance is now at $19,875. Please contact me if you have any questions.