Imagine that one day, you wake up and find that your teeth
have started to crumble. Piece by piece, each tooth is breaking down and no amount of brushing, flossing, or dental work can
help it. What's left of your teeth sends
mind-numbing pain through your skull and starts to abscess, exposing you to
constant infection. Now imagine that the
solution is only $2000 out of your grasp.
I am collecting donations for my dear friend, Jaime, who has
been my friend for 26 years. She is a
good person and a wonderful mother to her son, but she has been cursed with bad
teeth that have only gotten worse over the years, finally resulting in a dire need
to have all of her teeth removed: a
dental procedure that she cannot presently afford. Jaime has had dental problems all of her
life, but the destruction of her teeth has been exacerbated by braces, Fibromyalgia,
and the medication she has to take to control her Fibromyalgia pain (see the
link below for her detailed story). Despite
years of dental work and fastidious dental hygiene, her teeth are now
completely destroyed, broken off at the gum line, and irreparable.
Jaime deals with constant infections, excruciating pain, and the embarrassment and frustration of having to live her life with a mouthful of decomposing teeth. She can hardly eat, she is too ashamed of how she looks to leave her house, and she is slipping further and further into a very understandable depression. She worries about the effect this has on her son. Her medical/dental insurance covers all but $2000 of the procedure she needs to pull all of her remaining teeth and get dentures made. Just two thousand dollars stand between my friend and her freedom from the pain and depression this has caused. She has been saving up for this procedure for years, but every time she gets close, a family necessity arises and she is forced to use that money and start saving all over again.
I am hoping that, out of the kindness of their hearts, people who know and love Jaime and even kind strangers who don't, can make this happen. $2000 is not that much, but it would mean so much to Jaime and her family.
Please consider donating what you can. Any amount, no matter how small, would mean so much.
For more information, please read Jaime's story in her own words.
*Above photo taken in 2001, before Jaime's teeth started breaking.
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