Tomiko's Jaw Surgery

$4,500 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 11 months
Tomiko Madoff  LAS VEGAS, NV

   My name is Tomiko.  A year ago, I was at a wrestling event in Europe.    During a take down, my left jaw hit the ground with so much force it knocked a disc out of the joint in my mouth.  I have always been pretty tough and thought I could deal with the pain.  The mobility of my mouth was very limited.  I couldn't open it very wide (about 1/2 the distance).  I tried to get help by different methods...chiropractor, massage, and phyiscal therapy...but nothing seemed to work. 
   I started seeing changes in my jaw.  Things were starting to get worse.  Eating hard foods such as nuts, meat, etc. was becoming more difficult.  If I decided to try to eat something like that, my jaw would let me know with the extra pain the next day.  When I try to yawn, I can't even open wide enough to do a full yawn.  Biting into an apple is impossible.  Even getting my teeth cleaned is a big challenge for the dentist.  It was at this point, that I realized, this problem is not going away.  It is getting worse. 
   I set up an appointment with a oral specialist that was recommended to me.  After the MRI, he discovered that not only is the disc out of the joint, but I have severe arthritis in both jaws that needs to be scraped out.  He told me that if I don't address it now, it is going to be a major problem when I am older. 
   I pay a lot for my insurance every month.  I am an independent contractor, so I thought I better get a big company and good plan.   My insurance company rejected the claim and the appeal that came back after the rejection from the doctor.  I am in the final stage of trying to get an external review where the insurance company will send me to one of their doctors to exam my jaw.  We all know how that is going to go.  No matter what, I believe that the insurance company just wants to take my money, but give me absolutely nothing.  Their excuse is that I am not suffering a hardship and this jaw injury doesn't need surgery.  
    Reaching out like this is very difficult for me.  I hate asking for help.  One of my friends recommended this site to me to help me raise the funds for the surgery.  I got a ballpark quote for everything involved and this was around the amount I was given.  I have never done anything like this, but I figured it wouldn't hurt.  Every little bit will help me offset the total cost. 
   I don't see this surgery happening anytime soon because it is going to take me awhile to save up the cash for this.  If by chance, there is a miracle and I somehow get approved, I will use the money towards the co-pay which I have already experienced with them...it's going to be high. 
   There is no deadline for the money at this point until I  get the final rejection from insurance.  I planned on not scheduling the surgery until I had the cash saved.  Between whatever is raised and everything I can save in my envelope money....that will be when I can make it happen. 
   It's embarrassing to have to go this route, but I wanted to thank you for reading this and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help.  
  
Sincerely,

Tomiko

 

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Update 5
Posted by Tomiko Madoff
2 months ago
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I wanted to wish everyone happy holidays and thank you again for your help. Just an update about the surgery. I have saved some money on my end and with the funding that was raised, I am good to go to get the surgery. I have dropped the insurance company that screwed me over to begin with and have a new one. I will not be able to do the surgery until the end of 2017 (Nov/Dec)... Partly due to trying to use the new insurance to make a claim, having to do another MRI because the jaw has most-likely changed, and also with the possible downtime I will have where I can't work (4 - 8 weeks of physical therapy, etc). I figured it made the most sense to try and schedule it at the end of the year when work load is typically lower. I have been dealing with it for this long...what's another 11 months, right? Thanks again for your support. I really appreciate it. I will post before and after pictures and give you the official surgery date once that is set up later this year. Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Tomiko
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Update 4
Posted by Tomiko Madoff
8 months ago
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Waiting to hear back from the doctor's office. Regardless of how much I can raise by then, I am going for it. I am scheduling the surgery for hopefully November or December if there is availability. Almost raised 1/2 the amount needed and I can't think you enough for your help and generosity! Whatever I don't save up by then, I'll just put it on credit care. I just can't deal with this stupid jaw much longer and when I get a set date, it will give me something to look forward to getting done and putting behind me. Thank you again for all your support! Xo ❤️
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Update 3
Posted by Tomiko Madoff
10 months ago
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Slowly but surely...it is going towards the goal. :) Thank you everyone for your support. I am aiming for November or December for the surgery and will talk to the doctor about scheduling the surgery once I get to the half way mark. I will post updates about when it gets scheduled. Starting to feel nervous. I just want to get this stupid thing over with and move forward....
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Update 2
Posted by Tomiko Madoff
11 months ago
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I am 1/4 in towards my goal. Thank you so much for your support. When I am 1/2 way, I am going to call the doctor and set up the appointment. Thank you for all the kind words and support. XO
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$4,500 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 11 months
Created April 15, 2016
KD
$500
Kirk Dahle
6 months ago

We love you Tomi!

MF
$215
Mr. Falco
6 months ago

Hey Tomiko! Sorry about your jaw injury. Glad you're taking care of it sooner rather than later. Hope to see you in Texas sometime in the near future.

TS
$200
Tim Swain
8 months ago

Tomiko, You are one of the most genuine females I've ever had the good fortune to meet and session with.

JR
$25
John Reichenberger
9 months ago

You have a beautiful smile. Let's hope you can keep.

JR
$25
John Reichenberger
9 months ago

Get well soon.

$60
Anonymous
9 months ago
DB
$100
David Bernard
9 months ago

I can't think of a nicer person to help, I really enjoy our sessions together.

JF
$20
Jack Fitz
9 months ago
$10
Ned Stacey
10 months ago

So sorry to read of your accident and urgent need for this procedure. I'm contributing what little I can, wish it could be more, because you once displayed to me what a decent human being you are by responding personally, courteously and amicably to some brief Facebook communications. Was very impressed that a certified rock star like you in a certain niche of the entertainment world actually took the time to be attentive and nice to a plebeian fan of your work. All good wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

KE
$5
Kody Evans
10 months ago
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