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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

I Need Help (Tuesday's Truths WK 205)


These are times of struggle for many as I truly know. In terms of me, I have had a series of unfortunate circumstances, including ones related to my oral health.

The latter has resulted in my inability to chew food properly which has interfered with my being able to swallow and I’ve come close to choking on a number of occasions.I started to have this resolved by having an oral surgeon insert dental implants to support crowns that will give me the ability to chew. That implant procedure cost me $5,000.

I healed from this particular surgery late last fall but I’ve been unable to earn the necessary funds to get crowns placed which will allow me to chew.

To get my crowns put in will cost $10,000. My very qualified dentist who has time and time again extended the life of the temporary (which she made prior to the oral surgeon’s implant procedure) can no longer keep the temporary functioning, for an obvious reason: a temporary is meant to be temporary in terms of functionality. My dentist is aware of my lack of funds and has kindly reduced the original fee but it is still far from within my means.

The opportunity for me to earn money became even more limited due to my breaking a bone (greater tuberosity) near my shoulder in January of 2020. This injury may have been a result of my having a medical condition known as Neurofibromatosis (NF) in which one of the symptoms is brittle bones.

Another symptom of NF is that an afflicted person can have thousands upon thousands of neurofibromas. A neurofibroma is a type of nerve tumor that forms soft bumps on or under the skin. They can develop within a major or minor nerve anywhere in the body. These growths are fibrous, wrap around nerve endings, then push through the skin’s surface, giving an a person afflicted with the condition a lumpy/bump appearance.

Because of the general public’s fear of disfigurement, my having gainful employment has always been a challenge and now the pandemic exasperates the situation in that it limits opportunities to bring in income — which I realize is the situation for many people.

Be that as it may, I really need to complete this dental procedure before anything worsens and so I am able to eat solid food again. Furthermore my dentist will be leaving the practice due to issues related to the pandemic (cornavirus) but has agreed to finish up any unfinished work provided it can take place as soon as possible.

Now that time is of the essence a former classmate, suggested I set up a way to fund this need which I have done. Any financial help people are able to offer me would be greatly appreciated and my truly wonderful friend, NNM. has already done this.

If you feel you can help me, there are a couple of ways one can do so.
1. My dentist’s office can be paid directly if you want to send me a check (see address below) made out to ELITE SMILE DENTAL (the name of the place where my dentist, Dr. Eileen Hoskin is currently practicing).
Patricia Youngquist
Box 230503
Ansonia Station 
NY, NY 10023

2. Or you can donate online to my cause though NY Able as I now have an account with them earmarked for a “Qualified Disability Expense.” 
Qualified expenses include health and wellness.
Monies given to me through NY Able come without fees. NY Able will process your payments and pay my dentist.
The steps to do this are:
A. Go to UgiftABLE.com.
https://www.ugiftable.com
B. Enter the Ugift code: M25-B3P
C. Enter your name and gift amount
D. Make the gift via electronic funds transfer or check

Thanks for considering helping me in my plight.
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UPDATE THREE (2-26-2021):

Three cards arrived yesterday from those who notified me they were contibuting to my need of help to have a dental procedure and I took the donations over to the dentist's office as her place is in close proximity to the post office.

Images of the cards I received today can be seen in pictures directly below and they are from RJRT, JC and CP. 




The next image is a card from NNM and I received it before I kicked off my campagin.


I've always appreciated the paper card received in the mail and I even wrote a blog post about receiving cards (back in 2011) where I included what E.B. White wrote about greeting cards in the year 1954:

“A greeting–card firm has sent us some statistics about the expression of friendship and good will in America. The figures were staggering. In 1953, some three and a half million cards were mailed carrying greetings of one sort or another. Friendships ranked high on the list, along with Get Well Soons, Happy Birthdays, and Merry Andsoforths. For a firm dealing in the emotions of love and affection, the statistician’s mind runs on very strange matters indeed. Thus we read that the money spent on ‘friendship’ in 1953 would ‘pay for a battle-ship.’ And if stacked one atop another in their envelopes, those three and a half billion messages would ‘make a pile so high that even the Russians couldn’t invent a guided missile that could get over the top of it. It would be 4,375 miles up in the ionosphere.’ There seems to be something wrong here somewhere. Perhaps we should simply stack these friendship cards instead of mailing them, thus warding off unfriendly missiles. Or perhaps we are sending the cards to the wrong people. Why doesn’t some enterprising greeting–card firm get up a mailing list of our ‘enemies’ (there must be billions of them), to whom a friendship card would come as a real surprise? The money spent on the cards would still pay for a battleship, but if the cards worked, the battleship might never have to open fire.”

I'm also a designer of greeeting cards (available via Fine Art America, so I'm obviously a believer in their value.

Thanks again to everyone who has contriubted and special gratitude to KC who found NY Able and to JT who has been actively on board with this endeavor!

Progress has been made and hopefully more will follow and hopefully I will also soon receive paying assignments and be able to stand alone in meeting my daily needs.


UPDATE TWO (2-24-2021):

An image of text that says '"You are holding up and doing remarkably well."'


This post is a follow-up to an annoucement I made yesterday (ser first ammedum to this post) prior having phase one of a major dental procedure.

During the procedure where the dentist had to (among other painful things), cut gum and shorten a tooth, she and her assistant stated, "You are holding up and doing remarabely well."

I told them the reason I was able to tolerate what had to be done was because of the support I received from so many people, including my FB peeps and a freader of this blog.

Thank you all again, and do know I realize everyone is having a tough time these days.
The ordeal took three hours and was quite painful.

By the time I got home, I was wiped out but very grateful to have part of it behind me.
I went to bed super early and slept though the night which was a true blessing.

I have to return to her office for more work next month which gives me time to continue to reach out for paid work assignments and also to spread the word re my campaign that is raising funds for this procedue.

UPDATE ONE (2-23-2021):



This post is to offer thanks for those including (KC, D AND S M, as well as JMD) who have been fantastic tooth fairies in that they reached out to me following my FB post @ https://bit.ly/2ZpFy0v, where I annouced (at the urging of a couple of people ) that I set up an account with NY Able, a place which allows someone to receive funds for qualified expenses (including dental), without jeporadizing SSI or SCRIE (the latter is a rent freeze program in NYC).

These individuals have put funds into my NY Able account and their generosity along  with those who have mailed checks (including NNM and MM) or made a cash donation (BI) will allow me to begin an oral procedure today. 

This is because with their combined efforts along with a payment I received for my blog (from PG), I now have $1,350.00 to put towards this $10,000.00 procedure.
Moreover, JC and RJRT have informed me that they have sent checks towards my efforts and I will probably receive them soon.

On another note, I have learned KC who donated to the NY Able Account set up a Go Fund Me to advance this effort, but as of now, due to SCRIE restrictions I won't be able to accept donations left there, until they can be redirected.

The procedure I am now anticipating is a follow-up to one that began in August 2020 (http://bit.ly/3fzbJjN) and was completed in November 2020 (http://bit.ly/37EgxU7). That particular procedure was done by an oral surgeon and cost me $5,00.00

Both of these recent dental procedures are partly a consequence of faulty dental work in the past, which has given me a whole new meaning when it comes to the adage, "Put your money where your mouth is."

In any event many thanks to those who have contibuted and hopefully more will follow your lead and/or I'll have some finacial success with one or more of my projects.
If you feel you can help me, there are a couple of ways one can do so.

1. My dentist’s office can be paid directly if you want to send me a check (see address below) made out to ELITE SMILE DENTAL (the name of the place where my dentist, Dr. Eileen Hoskin is currently practicing).
Patricia Youngquist
Box 230503
Ansonia Station 
NY, NY 10023

2. Or you can donate online to my cause though NY Able as I now have an account with them earmarked for a “Qualified Disability Expense.” 
Qualified expenses include health and wellness.
Monies given to me through NY Able come without fees. NY Able will process your payments and pay my dentist.
The steps to do this are:
A. Go to UgiftABLE.com.
https://www.ugiftable.com
B. Enter the Ugift code: M25-B3P
C. Enter your name and gift amount
D. Make the gift via electronic funds transfer or check

Thanks for considering helping me in my plight.

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