Service Dog in need of Surgery

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Raised by 56 people in 10 months
Created October 19, 2017
I met Jazzlyn and her service dog, Max, in May 2015 in an introductory American Sign Language class at Nova Scotia Community College. During these two years, we’ve gone from classmates to roommates. Now, we are more than best friends, we are inseparable and we make each other better every day as we work towards our mutual goal of graduating from NSCC with diplomas in American Sign Language/English Interpretation.

This past March, in the middle of our winter semester for the first year of our two year college program, Jazzlyn was hit by the unexpected: a diagnosis of a colon stricture at the age of 24. Our lives were turned upside down. Thank God for Max, Jazzlyn’s service dog, trained to alert her to any hiccups in her day to day life. For example: if Jazzlyn is about to have a pain spell Max will tell her in advance by between 9 and 13 minutes, giving Jazz time to take medication that prevents her debilitating pain and allows her to continue to function out in public. (Local dog trainer and Jazzlyn’s friend, Ted Efthymiadis with Mango Dogs, has made this video discussing Max’s abilities and how he works as a biochemical alert service dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NooXzJtJe8g).

Because of Max, Jazzlyn was able to continue attending college until spring, balancing her new treatments and school work. Thanks to Max’s abilities allowing her to understand her own body, her quality of life remained high –she could leave the house confidently knowing her body wouldn’t betray her with Max acting as its communicator. However, by the May long weekend it was clear that the colon stricture wasn’t going down without a fight and Jazzlyn was admitted to Dartmouth General Hospital on May 20th , 2017 where she remained until mid-July. Over the course of the two months she was admitted, Jazzlyn and I searched for specialists and surgeons with experience in her specific diagnoses, hoping someone would step up and take on her case. We are grateful to say that someone did! On July 15 th , 2017 Jazzlyn flew to Vancouver, British Columbia where she met with an incredible colorectal surgeon: Dr. Ahmer A. Karimuddin, who has taken over her medical care and will be operating on her in the coming weeks to remove the colon stricture alltogether! In the meantime, Jazzlyn is admitted to hospital in BC.

But, like the two peas in a pod they truly are, Max has taken after his Momma-Jazzlyn and has just been informed he requires his own major surgery. He has ruptured his cruciate ligament in one of his back
legs, causing him almost as much pain as Jazzlyn is in herself. This is a huge issue: without a surgery called TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) Max will be unable to return to work as Jazzlyn’s service dog when she recovers. Without Max working for her full-time, Jazzlyn’s quality of life will never be as high as it could and should be. If Max isn’t around to inform Jazzlyn of her body’s impending actions, she won’t be able to do something as simple as leave our apartment without fear her body may betray her. So, this is where I appeal to you, those who love Jazzlyn, Max, and I, and humbly ask for your financial help. Max does have medical insurace but because of a similar injury before he was rescued his insurance will not cover the costs. Max’s TPLO surgery will cost $6,089.00 when all costs are included, which is too much for 2 college students/in- patient to cover. Jazzlyn has been through so much in these past 6 months, nothing would make her happier or mean more to her than to provide Max with the surgery he needs for them to continue life together on the other side of this.

All my love,

Sydney Goodaire on behalf of Jazzlyn and Max Braddock.
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Update from Jazzlyn:

Days after it opened, I walked through the doors of the brand new North Island Hospital: Comox Valley with severe abdominal pain. Despite being admitted in Dartmouth General Hospital from May-July and leaving with a pretty solid plan in terms of doctors, surgeons, and treatments, my body just didn’t hold out waiting for surgery. This month has been filled with trying times as I’ve undergone CT Scans, failed procedures attempting to place long term IV lines, EKG tests, blood work, and new medications with side effects nearly as bad as the symptoms they’re treating.

I’m now waiting on not one, but two surgeries for myself. The first will place a tube into one of my veins so that there is secure, long term IV access into my body. This needs to be done because my body has revealed that my veins aren’t strong or reliable enough to trust a standard IV. Not only that, but many of the deeper veins in my biceps (which are most often used to support a long-term line) are blocked with scar tissue. I’ll first need to have surgery to unblock the vein(s) and place a line so IV access isn’t questionable –if and when we need it, it will be there without a shadow of a doubt.

Once that has been confirmed I’ll be able to have the second surgery: the one that will remove the stricture causing me all of this grief.

Between these procedures and their recovery times is when I hope Max will be able to have his surgery too. As I’m sure you’ve all seen from the photos, he’s been doing his best to work and keep me company when he’s able. He’s putting on a brave face and is quite the tough cookie, but he’s not too happy being uncomfortable and unable to keep up. I don’t know if it’s harder for me to see him struggle or if it’s tougher for him not being able to help me the way he usually can. Either way, we’re both looking forward to getting on the mend.

From the bottom of my heart I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for taking the time to donate, share, and support Max and I, as well as send blessings and messages of love. I have never felt as humbled or touched as I have seeing this Go Fund Me page get off of the ground these past two weeks. For those interested in keeping up with my health and Max’s story, I’ve started a Facebook page called “The Crohnicles” (Facebook.com/TheCrohnicles) to chronicle my life through all of this. I will be doing my best to keep it updated with all of the latest progress for both Max and I. Again, thank you all for what you’ve done and continue to do for me.

All my love,

Jazzlyn & Max
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Raised by 56 people in 10 months
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