I recently crowdfunded for a surgery that I was told was a life-threatening need. Without the giving of loving friends, family, and strangers I’d be waiting for a tooth infection from an unusually impacted tooth to kill me. A TOOTH! They had to remove a tooth, cut out a portion of my jaw and then cut out the impacted tooth. I am currently 2 weeks post-surgery and have what appears will be permanent nerve damage in my face from this procedure. THIS is what crowdfunding is for. I am unable to work due to some chronic health issues and have no insurance. Two days before my surgery my boyfriend, and only source of income outside of what I make on Medium, lost his job. I had no other options for something that had to be done immediately. I am not proud to have had to crowdfund. It stole my dignity but restored my faith in the goodness of people.