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Help Fia Fix Her Teeth

$540 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 9 people in 42 months
Fia Fortune  BANGOR, ME
In spite of good dental hygiene habits, for the last decade or more (since having braces as a teenager, actually) the structural integrity of my teeth has become more and more of a concern for me. Part of it is due to soft enamel, and part due to prior medications which caused me to have dry mouth. It's become significantly worse since my father, who often paid for my dentist visits when I couldn't afford to go otherwise, passed away. I have several teeth that are in a pretty bad state, and while I'm at a point in my life where I could afford to maintain healthy teeth through preventative measures and upkeep when necessary, I can't afford to get my teeth to that healthy baseline without help.


Healthy teeth are important for a number of reasons; people can die from complications caused by tooth infections. I want to start a family soon, and poor dental health can also contribute to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as affect the baby's health. You can help me achieve my dream of a confident, healthy smile and get me one step further down the road to becoming a mom with your donation.


My mother thought this was a great idea, but she said she'd be too embarrassed to try it, in my place. The truth is, I am embarrassed, but I realized that my dental health is worth more than my pride, and I was never going to get any help if I didn't ask for it. I was inspired to start this campaign by a friend of a friend, Tess, who is also raising funds for the same purpose. Like her, I will also donate any remaining funds after my repairs are complete to another person in need of the same helping hand.
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Update 16
37 months ago

News. Sort of good and bad. The good news is that I am starting a new job tomorrow; the bad news is that I have to push back my September root canal to work around my newly-limited time, and because the dentist is so overbooked, I'm not sure when the new dates will be. Even the bad news is good news in a way, though, because it gives me more time to raise the rest of the funds for the root canal!
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Update 15
38 months ago

No visits for a bit, while my gums and jaw heal from the extraction. By the way, I did NOT have a dry socket after all, but I forgot to post that news here. I am healing well, but I'm getting pretty worried. My unemployment has dried up and I have an expensive (even after sliding scale fees) root canal scheduled in September, and we seem to have hit a wall with this fundraiser. I am grateful to everyone who has donated already, and I don't expect you to reach deeper into your pockets, but unless I get a job very soon, I don't know what I will do if I can't figure out a way to reach more people who are willing/able to help.
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Update 14
39 months ago

Minor setback today... last night, I discovered that in spite of my diligence and care, I have a dry socket, so I'm heading back to the dentist this morning for an emergency visit. It's frustrating, because I know I did everything I could, and it's also incredibly painful. I guess I will have to bring a supply of room-temperature Slim Fast to Ian's family 4th of July gathering, and lust from afar after the tasty trappings of Independence Day celebrations.
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Update 13
39 months ago

Wow! I sure am glad that Dr. Mallick suggested doing both extractions at the same time; I can't imagine having to recover from this twice! It's been just over 24 hours and I'm already sick of the soft foods I dare to eat; I'm being obsessively diligent in order to avoid dry socket, which sounds TERRIBLE! I do wish I had something stronger than OTC for the pain, but I'm trying very hard to push past it. I may be small, but I'm tough!
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$540 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 9 people in 42 months
Created April 2, 2013
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$250
Julie-Ann Baumer
38 months ago (Offline Donation)

Julie-Ann sent me a nice card along with this INCREDIBLE contribution, and I cannot thank her enough for her help! She is an amazing woman and I'm grateful to have met her. Moxie makes Mainers mighty, indeed!

$40
Ellen Tarr
38 months ago

10% of a root canal!

$100
Anonymous
38 months ago
$40
Anonymous
40 months ago
DM
$10
Dorianne Marsh
41 months ago
DD
$25
Dan Doornbos
41 months ago
$25
Anonymous
41 months ago
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$25
Ellen Tarr
42 months ago

I'll try to send more later...we just got a big hospital bill...

$25
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42 months ago
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