Heleena vs. The System

Since the age of 14, Heleena has been coping with chronic pain from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). She experiences pain while eating, sleeping, talking, laughing, and has done everything in her power to address this pain through the available channels. Dentists, Physical Therapists and Oral Surgeons have all been unable to recommend an alternative route other than surgery to address her pain. Heleena’s TMJ has progressed to the point where she needs to undergo the invasive surgery. Arthroplasty of the jaw joint will fix the displacement of her jaw, allow it to work as designed and make her chronic pain manageable, and hopefully nonexistent over time. Unfortunately, due to the structure of our incompetent insurance providers, many, including Heleena’s, have a LIFETIME cap of $2000 for TMJ related services. She has been an advocate for her own health, fighting doctors and insurance companies for their support to validate her need for surgery. She has negotiated with them to help her burden the cost of an expensive but necessary surgery. But ultimately, and with great disappointment, her insurance company has declined to offer coverage. The surgery cost is $15,000 plus any unforeseen costs including months of physical therapy. Anything you can give will be accepted with gratitude and repaid with friendship, laughs, Maebe cuddles, yummy food, thoughtful advice, spiritual guidance and love from Heleena.


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  • Sarah Belfort 
    • $20 
    • 40 mos
  • brett cunningham 
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
  • Justin Keller 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Someone who wishes you the best Good luck! 
    • $15 
    • 41 mos
  • Janine Mankoschewski 
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jenna Wegleitner 
Park City, UT
Heleena Sideris 
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