Meet Our Second Chance Recipients, Tina Ah Yen and Shawnalee Sullivan
Tina and Shawnalee Tell Us About Their Dental Health
Tina: My dental health is really bad. I have bad gums, and it’s all sore, and I’m missing most of my teeth.
Shawnalee: I have very poor dental health. I am missing more than half of my top teeth and have maybe 10 teeth on the bottom. When growing up, my parents took us to the dentist only when something was hurting. When I became an adult, it was very expensive to get dental care, and my teeth were falling out or breaking in half. Now I think I have a total of maybe 15 1/2 teeth.
Tina and Shawnalee Tell Us Why Restoring Their Smiles Is Important to Them
Tina: Restoring my smile would mean the world to me; I would be able to live again. I have grandkids who always ask me, “Mama, where’s your teeth?” and I don’t have any confidence. I can’t eat most of the food because my teeth hurt, and sometimes I just go without eating. Restoring my smile will help me do all the things that I used to do before.
Shawnalee: Restoring my smile is important to me because it would allow me to love myself and build up my confidence level. I would be able to smile, laugh, and talk without covering my mouth. My children would want to be seen with me. I finally would be able to smile for our family portraits.
Tina and Shawnalee Tell Us Why They Think They Are Good Candidates for the Second Chance Program
Tina: I would be able to live again and not be ashamed to go out because of my teeth. I take care of my grandkids and would love to have them see me smile with teeth instead of no teeth. I’m just sick of being in so much pain, and I can’t afford to see a dentist.
Shawnalee: I believe I’m a good candidate because I’m a hard-working mother of seven and the sole provider of my household. My life was very hard growing up coming from a drug, physically, and mentally abusive household. My parents weren’t the best parents, but that was the way it was. I tried to go to the dentist and was quoted between $10,000.00-$30,000.00. I pray I’m chosen because I would be able to do things that I normally would avoid doing, such as public speaking. Working in the health industry, you deal with the public all day.
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