My name is Rubén and I have twenty-six years old. For some time, I have had a problem which not only has affected my health (stomach troubles, bad breath...) but also my social life, self-steem and confidence; all of which are really important to have. I tend to cover my mouth or not say a word unless it's really necessary since I'm self conscious of this issue. I hate when people point it out to me, because I need to explain them and it's not easy.
I know it might sound a bit ridiculous considering there are a lot of health issues around the world like Cancer and VIH, though I have always worried about my mouth. Dental care is really expensive in my country and my family couldn't afford a regular care on both of their children on this matter. As a consequence... well, it's easy to imagine.
In my last visit, the dentist said I needed some surgery if I wanted to have all these problems fixed. Being in so much financial troubles, it saddened me to hear that paying such a big sum of money was really the only way to get back my confidence so I could smile again. I have been offering people I know some writing (Poetry, stories, etc.) for any donation, but that didn't went too well since it's hard to make a lot of people interested in reading, less alone with the double effort of writing in a different language. Fortunately someone pointed me out to this site and I was a bit sceptic at first. How could people I don't even know help me? Why would they? However, after reading some of the projects and donations on this site, I felt more encouraged to give it a try.
I don't want to go into more details, so I don't make this whole wall of text something boring to read. All the help would be really appreciated. I'm the type of person that loves to reward others for their good deeds, but on this particular case I'm not sure how could I even express my gratitutde. All I can offer you all is the first of my brightest smiles after the surgery and a story about all I have been going through if anyone is interested in reading it.
I will add pictures of my mouth if people request it. Not sure if this site has any policies against it.
Thanks a lot; I could repeat this million times and still wouldn't be enough.
One third of a tooth fell off (if not more). They discovered a rather big infection in that part of my mouth and can't save that tooth which is right in view. Besides the surgery, they will need to pull it off, wait out four or five months before they are able to evaluate the state of that infection so they can decide whether they are able to put a replacement or not.
My mother has gotten really depressed with the news too. She believes that I won't be able to find a job ever again with such bad teeth, because appearances are the first thing most people just look at.
You would be helping a whole family with this, not just me. Any little bit helps...