Her father died of cancer in 1994. About three years later, her mother died.
Heather basically became homeless on the night of her high school prom, the night that was supposed to be one the most memorable became one of the most unbearable. During the night of her prom, her mother took her very last breath due to cancer – just three years after her father died of the same disease. From that night on, she had few places to go.
She later got married and eventually had a daughter. Her husband proved to be abusive knocking her teeth out so the relationship came to a close.
When I met Heather near a wooded area that she calls home today, she told me that teeth would give her self-esteem and confidence as she tries to rebuild.
I turned to Dr. Jess Sinquefield who has helped others who were homeless in the past. Knowing this would be an expensive undertaking for the staff atSinquefield Family Dentistry, I was unsure as to what his reaction would be when I asked if he could help Heather.
I was excited when Dr. Sinquefield told me that he would be happy to help Heather and expect nothing in return, not even a penny.
Heather just turned 38 and today she has a new job, a new found confidence and a smile that beams from ear to ear. Her teeth are as white as snow and she is excited about life, despite where she lives today.
Her next goal is aimed at getting an apartment and her daughter back. She also has dreams of going back to school and becoming a nurse. She told me that she also loves animals so may consider going into the field of veterinary practices. Regardless of what she picks, she will be helping others.
I have to say that despite of her living situation, I have seen her with her daughter and she is one of the best mothers I have ever seen. Heather's daughter is extremely well mannered, kind and loving. I am excited for the next chapter in her life.
The late Dr. Stephen Covey once stated, "Do not tie yourself to your past; tie yourself to your potential."