Grant To Help Accident Disabled Man Remove Heavy Metal Dental Work
by Daniel Dean
(Flagstaff, AZ, USA)
I am 39 years old, turning 40 this March 19. My wife Judy and I have been married 19 years this January.
We have two wonderful kids Daniel Jr. who is 17 and Jacob who is 15. We have been through more than our share of problems medically with our kids.
The point is that we made it loving each other. I am fortunate to have such a family.
My disability issue began when I was 15 years old. I was on my way home from football practice. It was about 5:30 pm in November 1988.
I never bothered to ask my parents for a bicycle helmet because I would never ride my bike on main streets just in my neighborhood.
My mother always took me to school, except that day I wanted to ride to school. It was only a few miles from my house.
Anyway, as I was coming home I saw a police officer giving a citation directly across from where I had to turn left.
I thought, "Great I do not want a ticket for jaywalking!" So I proceeded to get into traffic, where there is no left hand turn lane. There are only two lanes coming and two lanes going.
I was sitting directly in the way of traffic obeying the law with my left arm up to signal a left-hand turn. Just as I lifted up my foot to start peddling into my turn -- WHAM!!! -- I was hit from behind from a 76-year-old woman going 45 mph in a Lincoln Town Car.
According to the eyewitness and the police officer my back smashed in the windshield of the town car. Then I was thrown more than 25 feet in the air coming down face first through the car's windshield that was behind the town car.
My mouth bit the steering wheel, which stopped me from going all the way in the car.
I was never knocked unconscious. I was only in the hospital for four days. I had 145 stitches in my face and major dental work, but no broken bones.
Because of that accident for the next five years my teeth became weak and started to fall out. I had them taken care of.
At about age 24, I noticed that my right side of my body did not move as easily as my left side. My dexterity just was not there.
It took five years for me to be diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Then it took me up until about 10 months ago to be diagnosed with mercury and aluminum poisoning which is causing the Parkinson's disease. It was due to all the old dental work in my mouth.
This brings me to current day where I came across grants that I may qualify for to help my family and get the treatment I need to become a productive member of society again.
The financial hardships are multiple. My wife Judy has been in college to earn a degree in radiology. It's because of her school grants and loans that we have been able to make it.
Of course money does start a lot of arguments within the family. My meds were costing us $1,600 a month. I told my wife "Please, take the kids and leave me. You and the boys do not deserve this. Go give them a life. I will be fine."
I got my C-10 license to try and make an income after all the jobs I was fired from because I was too slow.
My wife is in college getting a degree in radiology.
Right now all we live on is SSD and her school loans and grants.
My wife went to school for phlebotomy, but the hospital where she did her clinicals says that she does not have enough experience.
What I am seeking is to get a grant to get all the old dental work out and get my teeth back to normal.
We need money to pay for the testing and procedure to take the mercury and all the heavy metals out of my body.
This is all so that I can return to work and be a productive member of society, supporting my family as I would like to do.