Help to finish training

$12,933 of $25k goal

Raised by 48 people in 40 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 18
Posted by Cyndie Cole
3 months ago
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This right here is why finishing this training is so important. Christine had an issue this morning and Xena came to her licked her face and settled right. After about 5 minutes Christine fell asleep. End of issue.
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Update 17
Posted by Cyndie Cole
4 months ago
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Time for Christmas break all is going well. Plan is after the holidays Miss Z will be going back in once again for the final leg of her training. The hardest part of this whole training has been the time factor...When I was told just about 7 years ago that it would take us just about 5-7 years before we could get a dog I just couldn't believe it, but now I do. It takes time, first you have to make sure the dog is perfectly trained in obedience. Can't have a service dog without manners.
Then there is the hours of working woth the dog and the child under the trainers close, supervision no stone can be left unturned. It takes time and patience. And then there was the waiting for seizures so we could take Z to the final level. Who would have ever know at that time after so many years of horrible times that the meds and such would finally take hold. So back to the waiting game what do we do next?

There have been seizures since not as bad as before or as regular. Miss Z needs to be finished as a service dog so we can have peace of mind when and if it happens next. I keep thinking that had we been able to
get her vested before this summer we could have avoided the break through seizure Christine had at the fair. I am just greatful that it wasn't any worse than it was and even though she ended up with a skinned knee, face and twisted glasses that was all.

I just can't wait to get this over neither can Christine she is so exctied. Having Xena at her side finally will give her the confidence to be more independent.

Blessings to all who have supported us throughout this entire process it reayy has meant alot. God willing and no more bumps in our road we shall be finished shortly.

Merry Christmas all
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Update 16
Posted by Cyndie Cole
5 months ago
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Almost done
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Update 15
Posted by Cyndie Cole
6 months ago
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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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$12,933 of $25k goal

Raised by 48 people in 40 months
Created January 11, 2014
SJ
$35
Susie Johnson
4 months ago (Offline Donation)
AL
$100
Ann Lynch
4 months ago
$25
Anonymous
4 months ago (Offline Donation)
A
$50
Anonymous
5 months 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
38 months ago (Offline Donation)

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

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

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

KH
$50
Kellie Harding
39 months ago
$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
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