Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered charity.
The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.
I am 42 yrs old, I 'was' a healthy non smoker, non drinker, a great mother of two, influence healthy life choices, eat healthy, exercise and positive and happy towards life. At the age of 22, I had a small problem of a violent partner, where I suffered a tooth loss. Little did I know then, that 20 years on that would create such massive problems for me as a consequence. To the point, I am now in a situation (even with great health and good standard of oral hygiene) that I have had to have all my upper teeth removed due to bone loss, not having enough surviving bone to hold my lovely old teeth in place. (and due for the bottoms having to be done this year). I am struggling.
My denture that I have just is not sitting, no matter how much religning is done, I can't eat (So my health is now not going well), I can't drink or eat liquids without problems (have to take teeth out). I am now getting severe headaces, I can't go out unless I have to. I have had to cut my hours at work, as my teeth just cant remain fixed for more that one hour (Even after first placing they are already loose). I even had an incident at work that I had to apologise to a customer that I had to hold my teeth up to talk to her.
NHS do not fund or even part fund anything more than these dentures, anything more is completley unaffordable. Much as I disagree with this (You can get all sorts of treatments and replacements for self inflicted problems, but for teeth, even for the healthy like myself, that has only ever been decent and sensible towards my health and lifesyles) its a no go. I have never even visited/needed a doctor before.
I am actually very angry with the system, to the point that a hard working, decent citizen like myself, now has to live a life of misery, unhappiness and from being the extreme positive mental attitude girl, where NOTHING is ever a problem, I am slowly giving up. I cry every morning, I cry every night. (and I'm a hard gal that can deal with most things and carry on regardless). I have tried absolutely everything on the market to try and help, but nothing is, the only option there is to me is implants, which cost thousands! I have a whole mouth and bone that needs treatment.
My dentist has stated he cannot refer on medical grounds to 'apply' for NHS treatment on medical grounds, as I do not tick the boxes. For example, I needed to have had cancer or been in a traumatic accident or other medical grounds to be referred, and I am not under 40. (I am 42!)
What makes it worse that I have always worked in the food industry, I am rather a foody. (Food and coffee my only life luxuries) I do not ask for much in life, and never have, I always have put others first, sometimes to my disadvantage, and I certainly would not be asking for this on 'cosmetic' grounds, as the dentures I have LOOK fabulous to be honest, but I don't actually care what I look like anymore. I just want to EAT, I want to be healthy, I want to work properly again and just lead a normal life of standard living, even to the word 'basic' life, which I currently do not have any more or future.
I am actually scaring myself now at how low I am becoming. I need to raise funds somehow to fund my treatment, I have no back up. Any savings I did have are eaten up from now having to work less because of this, and its all a catch 22 for me.
I JUST WANT TEETH. They are so important to our health and communication for living life. Without, there really is no living to do.
I don't even need to have the full implant, I would go for the cheaper more cost effective alternative of the ALL on 4's which will suffice for me instead of the dentures I can't use.
PLEASE can anyone be SO SO kind to assist me.
The amount I need to raise in the UK is so much money, but on doing research, I have a quote for half that in other country, which I can fund travel to, I just simply can longer afford my treatment. I only need the funds for the treatment, but if a dental treatment centre out there wanted to offer me the treatment instead, even as a customer for training students... then yes please, I'll even go for that instead!
This is a last resort to basicly 'beg', but hoping I can pull on a heart string of someone that can relate to this, who can understand how important this is, and to help me out SO much to fix my life again, not just my teeth, it really is so much more that just 'teeth'.
I am a great believer of what goes around comes around, but I am still waiting for the coming back to me part of that in my life, and hoping this is the occasion it does!
Share this story
Updates appear here
abigail townsend started crowdfunding
Leave a message of support
Crowdfunding stories like this
About the fundraiser
42 year old mum of two fabulous children. Southern born, Northern living. Hard working, commited to everything, with an optimistic of life. Love people, although hoping to love people a little bot more with your help.