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Friday, December 11, 2015

A Member of Our Community Needs Your Help: The Susan Miller Story

Dear Readers of Thrasher's Wheat,
We bring you a special message from a friend we have never seen, but has reached out for assistance.

Please find a few moments to read over this letter, think it over and maybe do what you can to help.

Much love,
The Thrashers
ps - many, many special thanks to our dear friend K, who helped so much in finding the spirit road and traversing no hidden path.xo

A Letter to the Community from Rustie Susan Miller

Meeting Neil Young in New York city in 1996 is something I will never forget. Neil's music has always been a huge inspiration to me, touches my heart and my soul. He is one of the very few who does not care about the fame and fortune. When I met Neil he was very laid back and so real -- nothing fake about him. I know that he cares about this world and the people in it and I love and have so much respect for him because he never once sold his soul! Neil's music has given me the strength and courage to try and hold on . . .

It is very difficult to tell my fight for life story in a paragraph, but I will try. Basically, I got into the wrong hands dentally in New York city in 2001. I had an old filling fall out and went to a dentist to get it fixed -- it should have been a simple procedure, but it wasn't. Rather than adjust the new filling, the dentist did extensive, unnecessary and incompetent work that ultimately threw my bite off and eventually changed the shape of my face. (I was numb and upside down in the dental chair so I did not know what he was doing until it was too late!) As a result of this dentist's "work," I was left with no function of mouth. I had beautiful teeth and a smile prior to this. I had to find another who would fix this botch job and the next (incompetent, unethical, swindling) dentist took thousands of dollars for temporary teeth, telling me it was the only way to fix this before putting in the permanent work. I ended up worse off than before!

My life since 2001 has been trying to find the right dentist -- and the funding -- for the full mouth reconstruction I need now. Mouth reconstruction is not free and the system offers no help. Medicaid does not pay for this kind of dental work. I need public involvement to help me to be heard and a philanthropist who wants to help save an individual's life and champion my cause. In my consultation trail, dentist to dentist, all I ever got was the run around and bogus excuses, but I had the funds to pay for the total case then. When I finally found one or two of the right ones, I had spent all of my savings on my efforts -- everything was gone and I could not afford to pay for the necessary work. I now suffer far below the poverty level when I used to be middle class. I cannot eat, chew, smile nor talk properly. I look 20 years older than I am. I cannot work until I am fully reconstructed, and well again with my function back. My suffering goes beyond what words can say here.

I am reaching out to the Thrashers Wheat community because I know we are a group who has compassion for injustice like Neil Young does. The T.W. community speaks out and that's what I need now.

For me to be well and functional again I need serious financial assistance. The cost of medical treatment -- $150,000 -- is a ball park figure from one of my doctors, Dr Alan Winter, back in 2007. The first stage of my treatment is to put my jaw back into its normal and natural position. The treatment plan is to rebuild my occlusion (bite), and that will take at least three different sets of full mouth temporary teeth. This is a lengthy and expensive process. After this first stage is complete, my face will go back to its normal shape, I will be able to speak and eat properly. The next step is bone replacement, which involves root canals and gum surgery, and then the last stage of my treatment is the permanent work of dental implants.

I have created a page on GoFundMe, please help if you can:

Also, I would be grateful if you would share my story far and wide. Maybe submit on my behalf to some of the TV magazine shows like, or to a journalist who does human interest stories. Help me expose the corrupt New York dental profession! There are currently no overseers in New York who protect dental patients from being ripped off. Please contact the New York State legislation at, and email Senater Brad Hoylman at, sending a message on my behalf that the laws in New York have to change to protect unsuspecting and vulnerable dental patients.

My goal is to GET WELL, to get what I need so I can try to pick up the shambled pieces of my life. But also to help prevent this from happening to others!

Thank you,

Susan Miller


At 12/11/2015 10:19:00 AM, Blogger streamland said...

Thanks for sharing, Thrashers. Good luck and all best to Susan Miller, I hope that someday she'll find everything she's looking for. Love.

At 12/11/2015 10:54:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks for the support streamland!

Last we checked, we're all in this together. That's the only way to see it. So we try where we can to help out folks in our own community. If we can't take care of each other, then who will?

"We're The Ones we've Been Waiting For"

At 12/11/2015 11:02:00 AM, Blogger streamland said...

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At 12/11/2015 11:03:00 AM, Blogger streamland said...


At 12/11/2015 03:43:00 PM, Blogger Genghis Kon said...

I really wish I could donate, but since my parents have a hold on the credit cards, I can't do anything. Would it be alright if I try to spread this story via Reddit? I know of a lot of people who have received generous donations from Reddit.

At 12/11/2015 05:21:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks GK!
Well wishes and thoughts work as well.
And yes, please pass along wherever you think appropriate.

At 12/12/2015 09:06:00 AM, Blogger susan said...

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At 12/12/2015 09:52:00 AM, Blogger susan said...

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At 12/12/2015 10:04:00 AM, Blogger susan said...

Thrasher.. you have a kind heart..i have all my life tried to help others.. its very hard with no family to help me. This would not have dragged on. And it would have been fixed long ago.. what has happened to me can happen to any one.. one of my goals is to help prevent this. Some may not understand as they dont know anyone that has gone threw this. Its not gor them to understand. Its about having a heart to care to help in anyway they can. Thrasher. Thank you very much for caring!!

At 12/12/2015 11:34:00 AM, Blogger susan said...

You are very kind. If you would help spread the word. I have no stop tried to get this out there almost 24 7 all on my own. My days and nights have been who. Where. How. I have qritten shows like the doctors, for example.. but all they did was take my story. And make a new story title for people to submit a story too. This is just one example of thousands.. i didnt sit back. But being on my own and no avail. This is only hair of my story. Genghis Kon. Thank you for your heart.

At 12/12/2015 11:35:00 AM, Blogger susan said...

Thank you. Its been a long road. And this all has been needless. When i had the funds to correct what was done to me, all i ever got was the run around. Consult to consult. "To time consuming, I can make a fast buck doing easy cosmetic work" to worse.. i have for so long tried,all on my own.. to be heard after loosing everythong as a direct result of this.

At 12/12/2015 06:35:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Dear Susan - We try and do what we can here on our little blog.

Or as Bruce would say:
"We Take Care of Our Own"

"The road of good intentions has gone dry as a bone
We take care of our own
We take care of our own
Wherever this flag's flown
We take care of our own"


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