Help Me Keep My Smile!

For: Holly Gaskin
Organizer: Holly Gaskin
$12,743
of $25,000 goal.
Raised by 63 donors
50% Complete
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The Story

I am genetically predisposed to periodontal disease. I've struggled with this since my teens... braces, root canals, wisdom teeth removal... gum surgery. Nothing has helped! It's gotten to the point where I need extensive dental surgery ASAP. The latest diagnosis is 60 to 80% bone loss in my lower jaw; 50% in my upper. Had I listened to dentist #1, and had all my teeth extracted, the bones would have shrunk 50% more, leaving me with NOTHING! My new dentist says most of my lower teeth are unsalvagable. The two lower in front have 100% bone loss and are only held in by "bonding"... clear plastic "glue" for lack of a better word that keeps them stuck to the teeth next to them. Roots are exposed and very sensitive. Dr. Panjali will have to do bone grafts, to make implants feasible. I'll then be fitted with prosthethis plastic temporary "teeth" while my mouth heals. THen I'll be ready for the permanent implants. GRAND TOTAL IS $25,180 for the bottom alone!!!!! I feel like I'll never smile again. I'm scared. I want to feel good and have a healthy mouth. And to continue my career talking on the radio!!!!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 23, 2014

Posted on May 23, 2014

I am feeling so much better, now that my "permanent" teeth are in place!!! They are not perfect, but at last, I can eat sandwiches and pizza and non-mushy foods! Whether I will be able to get back to radio is a big question, but I am working a little at a "normal" job and I'm no longer considered disabled. My speech is coming along very well. Trying to maintain, and eventually improve, what I have. I have been posting videos on the Photos and Videos page here. Trying to update a latest one. YouTube is acting buggy today.

Thanks for your support... Have a happy and safe Memrial Day weekend!

:) Holly

Posted on May 13, 2014

Posted on May 13, 2014

The benefit in Clayton was a success. I think we raised about $650. Still waiting to hear the grand total for sure. Thanks to April for organizing the event, to the band Minus Mike for providing great entertainment, to new friends Joedy and Megan, and to EVERYBODY who came out to support me. I have a major procedure scheduled for later this afternoon. Nervous and excited all at once. Whatever happens, at least it is forward momentum. I thank you all for continued prayers. More updates to follow...

Posted on May 8, 2014

Posted on May 8, 2014

Complications. That's the word of the day. Please continue to pray for me.

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