Organized by: Patsy LaFrance
My mother and myself are seeking assistance with getting my sister some dental work done that is not covered in the assistance she already gets. Needless to say this endeavor is a bit more costly than we had anticipated, but we are determined to do what we can.
Let me tell you about my sister Robin. She is older than me, born two years ahead. She was also born with Down Syndrome. Being born with Down Syndrome in the early 1960's was almost an immediate institutional upbringing, but our mother would not have that. Robin was raised at home with myself and the rest of our siblings. She has been the anchoring heart of our family with undying love for all of us. Our mother worked very hard to take care of her and the bunch of us to the best of her ability. She fed us healthy foods, worried that Robin wouldn't get all the nutrients she needed to thrive. Now we all like things like liver. LOL. She also read every book she could possibly find to try to assist Robin to let her be the best and most she could. Robin cannot read. Her brain, doesn't let her function that well. She has a very bad speech impediment that took 26 years before a 'doctor' looked down her throat and realized it was misshaped, causing this problem. Yes, I said 26 years. You see, most 'healthcare professionals' simply wouldn't give her a basic check up. I cannot speculate why this was, but I remember a particular doctor visit for a school check-up and though my younger sister and I had a complete one, they barely listened to Robin's heart. I was only about 12 years old at the time and that was when I knew others did not see her as a whole person the way I do. This type of 'care' has continued nearly all her life. If has only been in the last decade that she was able to obtain what I consider decent medical care and preventive options that would truly help her. Unfortunately, this care didn't and still doesn't include any dental assistance other than basic cleanings and extractions. Due to this, Robin's teeth have slowly, over the years, been breaking off and falling out. She only has a handful left and we can see she has trouble eating. We've discussed a few times over the last few years about trying to do something about it. But this will have to come from our own pockets. Her welfare options are limited and will not cover this. They see it as 'Cosmetic' only. Though I do believe I can assist our mom in this efforts some, after the first consultation, it appears this will be much more expensive that we had imagined. Most want money up front with no payment options. Right now we're looking at $6,300. That is of course, with a cash discount. I want Robin to have the beautiful smile she once had. I want her to be able to eat corn on the cob and apples again. I want her to be able to eat with out pain in her mouth. So here I am, humbly asking, if anyone can help us bring back her smile? Though any amount will be greatly appreciated, I can tell you the happiness Robin will have after it's all done, will be absolutely priceless.