All my dental work has been completed and the appointment for braces is for March 4th!! I'm SUPER EXCITED and couldn't of done it without all of you.
The last two weeks have been painful, physically and emotionally. I see why my father has told me that insurance companies were a joke!! With that being said, I've already spent over two thousand ($2,000) dollars out of pocket for said dental work.
AGAIN!! It wouldn't of happened without all of you!
BUT THE REASON WE ARE ALL HERE... BRACES!!
The braces are going on March 4th only because I can put 400 bucks down (Which is really what I have left in this account) and I will be responsible to pay $151.00 a month for 20 months...(Higher payments accepted, of course).
So, to everyone who has already donated THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I COULDN'T OF ACCOMPLISHED THIS MUCH WITHOUT ALL OF YOU.
I have decided to keep my GOFUNDME going throughout the process updating all of you, of course.
BUT also, to allow the continuing financial support throughout the 20 months.
This is going to be a journey and I just have to thank everyone for getting me this far!
I SMILE! I smile behind my hands. I smile while looking down so no one catches a glance. I smile so big sometimes my teeth peek out of my lips and I just stop smiling. I want to show how happy I am without hiding my face. Over time, deep down, the insecurities of my appearance festered. I usually found myself smiling with my mouth close in 99% of the pictures I was in or I usually opted out of pictures altogether. So, I'm asking for financial help in my next endeavor, getting braces.
To give some of you, if not most, a background of myself.
I grew up in Queens, New York with a single father of five young girls, as, my mother passed away when I was only 5 years old. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. Life as I knew it changed in that instant. My father refused to give up on us, and kept trucking on the best he could with what the world threw at him. We didn't have toothbrushes, or a routine. He didn't reprimand us or make us go to school. But, he gave my surfing.
￼￼Surfing became my passion and I was damn good at it. I made the front page of the Metro Section of The New York Times when I was 16. My dream was finally there at my fingertips. But, I didn't fit the general physique of the typical girl, especially in the world of surfing. With my crooked teeth and my scrappy tom-boy presence my dreams slowly faded. I couldn't be a rider for Roxy, or billabong. Who was I kidding. This was the first time in my life, I knew my teeth could hold me back.
I branched out. I knew I needed some direction in my already chaotic life. So, I found adults that kept me on a pretty good path and only wanted what was best for me. I've been through two full Consultations for braces at an early age, all at the hand of others. I was even offered a discount, because awesome people at my High School had involved themselves. But, that dreading line, reserved for your guardian, was left unsigned. I became hopeless...still as a child, braces were there, left on the back burner, with all other the other permission slips.
￼￼This left me, right where I find myself today, shining the spot light on what matters, and that is FINALLY ME! I I quit smoking, started working out, and I even started running. I have goals, that normally I wouldn't even attempt to dream about and I'm going to smash everyone of them. MY TEETH ARE NEXT.
I'm asking for financial assistance in achieving my next goal. I have received another Consultation and this one is not going to be put on the back burner.
1st Impressions Orthodontics located in Westminster, Colorado has given my teeth a 18 month sentence behind some metal and I can't wait.
Total amount for metal or clear braces: $5550
Total discount given, with in-house insurance @ $99: $1500
Leaving me with a total cost of $4149
This would mean the world to me!
Looking forward to the day I'm no longer hiding MY smile.
Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you to everyone who even reads this!
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