Mouth Repair for a Disabled Veteran, Cancer Survivor
Organized by: Johnny George
I am a disabled Veteran, cancer survivor, my mouth is falling apart & getting worse daily. I am not allowed dental care at the VA hospital due to the fact that they only qualified my disability at 80% & you have to be 100% disabled to qualify for dental care. I was born with a malocclusion plus permanent tetracycline stained teeth. My parents could not afford proper dental care for me, so I suffer even more now as an adult. I have NEVER smiled since I have always had ugly teeth & have been picked on about it since I was a small child. I have not had many relationships in my life either as a result of the poor condition of my mouth & my insecurities about it. I have since dropped out of college pursuing my nursing degree due to a constant, vile halitosis & starting to develop social affective disorder. I find it hard to even leave my house now. My mouth started deteriorating after having to go through chemotherapy to rid my body of the cancer that had metastasized throughout the lymph nodes in my torso. My gums have receded to a state that they are almost gone. I have two rotten teeth that need excising, broken teeth, & metal fillings that need removing. I also have an under bite (malocclusion) that needs to be surgically repaired. I have been told after surgery, if my gums have repaired themselves, I will have to have my mouth fitted with specialty dentures. Dental work is not considered health care in this country. I am at my wits end & am afraid due to the horrible state my mouth that I may die from heart failure soon. This is my last hope.
If I receive any funds and am fortunate enough to have any left i will pay it forward and give the monies to a local Veterans charity that will help Vets in similar circumstances. Thank you.