Help to finish training

$12,773 of $25k goal

Raised by 45 people in 35 months
Cyndie Cole  GAYLORD, MI
Christine started having seizures in 2009. She was eventually diagnosed as having complex partial (focal) seizures, meaning the electrical activity remained in a limited area of the brain. Sometimes, though, it evolves to affect the entire brain.

Christine's form of epilepsy prevents her from remembering she had a seizure. Because of this, Christine denies having seizures,

It's all been a journey to find out what was causing her epilepsy. We went from pediatrician to neurologist to endocrinologist to geneticist. It turned out to be a genetic problem with one of her chromosomes.



Through the long period of testing, it was unclear if doctors would ever find a way to control Christine's seizures. Aware of service dogs that could detect and alert for seizures, I decided to purchase a dog for Christine.

Seizure dog training takes several years and the average cost of training runs close to $25,000 or more. I have received help from the local Lions Club and other individuals to start Xena's training, but now it is time to step it up and go for the final chapter, which is the largest cost.

Although it has been almost 3 years since we began this journey the end is near. We had to put training on hold because the medicines etc. finally began working.  So we have had to regroup and modify the plan so we can get Xena working and put Christine at ease. In the next week Xena will finally be going back to finish this leg of her training as a Service Dog and if (hopefully this won't happen) seizures return we can then up her level to seizure alert. To explain the difference as a seizure alert she would be trained to notify a specified person to a pending seizure as opposed to now her job will be more to service Christine incase of a seizure.








Thank you for listening to our story and thank-you for any help to can give to help us get Xena certified as a service  dog.

The Cole's


For more information on epilepsy here is a link you might find informational   http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.epilepsy.com%2Fepilepsy%2Ftypes_seizures&h=cAQGzGBVR
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Update 16
Posted by Cyndie Cole
18 days ago
Almost done
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Update 15
Posted by Cyndie Cole
1 month ago
Good news the end is really getting close. Miss Xena comes home tomorrow for a short visit, then she will be going back to finish up and get her vest.

I know Christine can't wait.

Without the support of all you folks this would never have been possible, even though we haven't reached our goal. Thank you again everyone. I will post again when she is official.
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Update 14
Posted by Cyndie Cole
1 month ago
Christine is so excited that we are sooo close to finishing, All she talks about is Xena going to school with her. It certainly couldn't be coming at a better time for her. She really needs this to happen.
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Update 13
Posted by Cyndie Cole
2 months ago
I just realized I haven't posted in quite a while, I have had people stop and ask what is going on with Xena, well we kinda got stalled, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Christine had stopped having seizures on a regular basis. Because of not having seizures we couldn't complete training to the level desired. She has been going back annd forth into training waiting to see what was going to happen. Christine has had a few what they call break through seizures mostly in the past few months. Which we have been kinda expecting with the on set of puberty. They appear to happen at a time of high anxiety or stress. So last week Xena went back into training so we could get her finished to a level where she can assist Christine to help keep her calm and focused there by thwarting breakthrough seizures.

I know this has been a long process, I had been warned of this from the get go. that is why the cost is so high. The time it takes you don't realze until you get started. Not only do you have to make sure the dog in perfectly obedient they have to be over the top almost perfect in every way. Miss Bert needs to make sure that at no time will Xena try to "take advantage" like if she sees something and wants to chase it. that she doesn't try to pull away from Christine. etc. etc.

But like I said we are close to the end. A huge thank you to all who have donated towards this training and thank you to anyone who may yet donate. This would not have been possible without your love and support aand patience.
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$12,773 of $25k goal

Raised by 45 people in 35 months
Created January 11, 2014
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$50
Anonymous
1 month ago (Offline Donation)

I have no idea who to personally thank for this donation so I will thank them anyway publically so they know how much this is appreciated. Apparently this individual was unable to help at the time felt bad they couldn't help then, has been following our adventure and saw that we were still in training and was able to send a donation our way finally. So to you who ever you are many thanks, the road has been long. Xena is home now but in a week or so she will be going back to training for her final session. We are so excited.

BP
$8,958
Bunches of People
34 months ago (Offline Donation)

These were the funds raised from the spaghetti dinner and bake sale.

MP
$500
Matt Preuss
34 months ago
RS
$300
Ron And Pat Shryock
34 months ago

Prayers that we can get this done and get Christine the protection that she needs and deserves.

KH
$50
Kellie Harding
34 months ago
$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
MK
$25
Mike Keesler
35 months ago
CK
$50
Cathy kuch
35 months ago
GS
$200
Gary/joy Selesko
35 months ago

Hope you get to your goal soon!

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