life without smiling
Organized by: Melissa Haney
Hi, my name is Melissa. I am 27 yrs. old. I am a mother of 2 and currently a student at Trinity Valley Community College in Terrell, Texas. I am working towards my Associate's degree in surgical technology. My reason for this fundraiser is to pay for my oral surgery to have all of my teeth removed and get dentures so I will finally have a pretty smile and be able to eat without having to worry about the pain of a toothache from something being too hard/crunchy. I have been trying to save up the money for this for about 2 years now with no success. I was able to go to the dentist about three months ago for an exam. They checked everything out and decided that full replacement dentures would be best for me because not even one of my teeth is worth trying to save. So they took an impression to make the dentures from and I was able to take $895 of my student loan to pay to have them made. Then they informed me that it was going to cost an additional $2700 for them to do the surgery to remove what is left of my teeth. I have several that are broken off at the gum line and due to all the rotting, I am very frequently in unbearable pain and constantly fighting oral infections. My entire childhood, I had this huge gap in between my two front teeth and was self-conscious due to that. Then as I reached adulthood and the gap finally started closing in, all my teeth started rotting out. When I was young, I was never taught to brush or floss my teeth at all. I didn't know anything about a tooth brush until we had to watch the puberty video in jr. high, which by then, was already too late. I only seen the dentist one time my entire life and only because my tooth was so infected, it looked like I had a baseball in my cheek. More importantly than the cosmetics, I have extreme difficulty eating due to the pain from trying to chew food on teeth that are broken at the gum line and even some that my gums have grown over. The only way I have to pay for this is my student loan money that I will get next year and as you can guess, that will not leave me nowhere near enough money to have what I need for the health occupations program at my school. It would make me a completely different person to be able to wake up with no toothache and eat whatever I want. Not to mention to be able to talk and actually smile without having to constantly worry about people judging me because of my nasty, rotten teeth. If I had just one wish, that's what it would be for!!!!