Geraldine Page’s dental hygiene: ‘I’m not going to put up with this’
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A woman who had her teeth removed in Los Angeles after being diagnosed with cancer has revealed her fears about living in the city.
The 54-year-old retired dentist and mother of three said she was forced to relocate to San Francisco after receiving treatment for her cancer at Los Angeles Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
“The first time I got diagnosed, I felt so good and it was like, ‘I have to do something,'” she said.
“I went back to work and I worked and I got my teeth back.”
But after living in Los Angles, Page had to move again after the cancer returned.
“I got a call from a friend of mine and she said, ‘Geraldine, you need to get your teeth done.'”
The dentist’s family decided to move her to a new house in California, but it was too expensive and the move was too long, she said.
“I was in so much pain.
I was having trouble breathing,” she said of her cancer.”
It wasn’t just pain and the teeth, it was everything,” she added.”
Everything that we worked for was taken away.
I got told, ‘You have to go.’
And I said, OK, OK.
I’m not giving up, I’m going to fight.
I have to fight to keep going.”
The dentist said the city was not helpful to her, and she had to endure constant harassment and threats to her family.
She was forced by the city to give up her teeth to a plastic surgeon who did not agree to have them taken out.
“She said, you’ve got to give me your teeth because I’ve got a lot of other stuff,” Page said.
“And I said OK.
And then the next day they took my teeth out of my mouth.”
Page had been living in San Francisco since retiring in the mid-1990s.
She said she had not been able to afford the cost of her treatment there, but had been told that she would have to pay for her own treatment at the Loma Linda Hospital in California.
“You have this horrible city, but you have to give it a chance, and I think I did the right thing,” Page added.
She said she has been living with her partner, and that she is concerned about her partner’s safety in the future.
“He is a very hard worker and he’s very well-educated,” Page told CNN.
“He’s been through so much and he works at the very top of his profession and he doesn’t have the luxury of living in another state.”
She said the City of Los Angeles is not a good place to raise children, and the lack of community is a concern.
“How do you raise children when you have a cancer epidemic in the area?
How do you care for a child when you are dealing with a huge issue that affects people so much?”Page said.
A woman who had her teeth removed in Los Angeles after being diagnosed with cancer has revealed her fears about…