Ayleen's Teeth: The Ask

Dearest Friends,

I need your help.  Throughout the next several months, I will be undergoing a series of procedures that will cost a total of $42,254.  As much as I'd love to charge this to a credit card and just carry on, I can't shoulder that kind of economic burden nor can I put this off until I can.  So I turn to you with a grateful heart.  Can you help me pay for this?  As they say in the biz, "any amount helps!"

I have advanced adolescent periodontitis.  This means that I have had an infection ravaging my gums since I was an adolescent (thanks, genes).  I'm tough, but I'm not that tough, and my body is really tired of fighting it.  After 2 surgeries and various treatments over the past 20 years, I can no longer save my teeth.  So they have to go.  All of them.  Every single one.  In the next 3 weeks. 

And though I'm kind of terrified and sad and really emotionally tortured about the word "denture", I'm really looking forward to not being in pain, not having all of my physical resources drained by my angry mouth, and getting rid of these snaggle teeth that no longer resemble the radiant smile of which I have always been so proud.

The Breakdown
For the next few weeks, I get to party and rest and enjoy the Texas spring.  Then, once my temporary dentures are ready (in about 3 weeks), we get the ball rolling.

April 2018
Extractions: $2680
Temporary Dentures: $5330

My mouth  needs to heal (about 3 to 6 months, depending on how I respond to the procedure) before beginning the next phase which includes implant surgery and permanent denture fittings and adjustments.

July-October 2018
Implants: $18,644

October-December 2018
Permanent Dentures: $15,600

The Feelings
I can talk about all of the ways in which this is hard for me.  I feel a great sense of shame for having this disease in the first place.  I feel sad for the loss of my teeth, and scared for what I will look like with fake ones.  And, most of all, I feel embarrassed for having to open myself so far and wide with this request because asking for money SUCKS and talking about my teeth SUCKS and having people look at me funny SUCKS. 

But I also know that I am so loved, and that all of that is in my head, and that the ethos of our community is that we are all in this together, so I also feel proud that I have you to ask so that I don't have to do this alone.

So there it is.  Can you help me?



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Ayleen Perez Cordeiro 
Austin, TX
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