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Raised by 61 people in 24 months
The last few years have been very hard on the Morgan family. We have been fighting against chronic illness and an abusive partner, fear and bureaucracy, and most recently, age.

Thankfully, the Morgan's are blessed with friends and family, far and wide, who have helped us come this far. People have taken us to appointments, found resources for us, sat with us and cried, and most importantly celebrated with us the little victories. Without them, we never would have gotten here. For that we Morgans can't thank you all enough. 

But now we find ourselves at the end of our very limited resources, and nothing else to do but ask for more help.

Thanks to my abusive ex, I was left with almost no income, and $10,000 in debt. Thanks to the help of friends, I have been able to shuffle that debt around and keep up with payments. My disabilities keep me from working, but with the help of friends I was able to come up with a plan to keep us a float. In a few years, I would have been out from under the debt, and moving on with my life.

Unfortunately, my service dog developed several medical problems that have made continuing to do that impossible. According to the vet, she will need $5,000 in surgery. If that goes well, rehab after that. However, she will now have to retire from service because of her age and physical impairments. Without my service dog, functioning is nearly impossible. 

The law will let me keep Mya until her time, but there is no assistance for service dogs. All of their care, daily and medical, is paid for by the disabled person and their family...me in this case. As Mya gets older, those expenses will only increase. 

There is also no assistance for a new service dog, and training. The cost of which run about $7,000 in the first year if I do all the training myself. From the time I get my new service dog, all of the care expenses will double.

Until I get Mya's successor, I am essentially non-functional. I can't leave my home to do shopping, pay my rent, or even see my doctors to take care of myself. 

Since I broke away from my abusive ex, he has continued to stalk me. I have been attempting to move, but until recently that wasn't possible. I have finally found a new, safe home for us, but as I'm sure you know, moves are expensive. With deposit and first month's rent I'll need $1,500 at lease signing. But I will also need money to hire movers and a truck. I'm guesstimating another $500 for that. 

The things I've shared with all of you are just a portion of the costs I have to start addressing quickly, or I will lose everything my friends, family, and I have worked so hard for over the last few years.

My loved ones tell me I am worth so much more than the ex left me believing I am. They have fought with me trying to convince me that I can make it, and that things will get better. But the stress and anxiety has been louder than their words, and without some relief, I'm afraid we all will lose this battle. 

Please, if there is anything you can give, do. If you can't give, please share this with your friends and family. We are all fighting invisible wars that others know nothing about. I'm hoping that by sharing my story I'll not only get the help I so desperately need, but I'll help someone else know that the fight is worth it, even when the voices say otherwise.
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WONDERFUL NEWS!

The breeder I've been talking to has two litters expected this summer, and with the amazing support of my friends I've been able to raise the deposit money. That means come September I'll have a new puppy to start training IF I can come up with the remaining $1000.00.

Many thanks to everyone who has donated and for the people who have spread the word about my situation. The Morgan family wouldn't have made it this far without you!
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I wouldn't have thought it possible, but overnight the internet found me $500 for the deposit on a new service dog for me. After speaking with the breeder, they are going to give me a huge discount because I'll be training the puppy to be my service dog. That means I only have to come up with $1000.00 more to pay the dog off completely.

To that end, one of my awesome friends has offered to do pet portraits with the proceeds going to #MorganFamilySupport. If you're local to the Ithaca, NY area, just shoot me a message and we'll get you signed up! You can see and example of her work in the picture associated with this update.
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The breeder I've been talking to has a new litter on the way. If I could put the money together for a deposit ($500) I could get first pick, and I think my providers and I have figured out how to increase my assistance so I could afford a dog month to month. But honestly, I think the better choice is put myself out of my misery as soon as the snow flies. I'm not going to get better, and our society isn't either. I just can't keep going like this.

The only reason I've held on as long as I have is because I've had my service dogs. Since Kaylee has been gone, I've been holding on with willpower I didn't know I had, but I've lost all reason to live. I just don't want to anymore.

So try to find the money to get a puppy and force myself to hang on until this dog dies, or accept reality and let go of this horrible existence now before I ruin anymore lives?
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It's been a couple months since I updated everyone, mostly because things have been getting worse and who needs more bad news with the world being the way it is. The truth is I've become deeply suicidal, and if it hadn't been for a friend throwing me a lifeline, I wouldn't be here right now.

The most important development as far as I'm concerned is I found a breeder that would be willing to work with me on payments and lowering the cost of a new dog for me because I'm disabled and would be training them to be my service dog. While I prefer rescuing pups (as you know Kaiya, Mya and Kaylee were all rescues), after what happened with Kaylee I'm hoping that starting with a younger dog and teaching them that cats are friends not canapes will help Book not become lunch to the new member of the family. My trainer and behaviorist agree, so we'll see once I have the new pupper to work with.

But that still left me with the problem of how to keep a new pup active enough that they can absorb the training they will need to go through. That's when my behaviorist told me about Joring ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtN_6IHCkZo). The basic idea is dogs pulling their people in almost anything you can imagine! Bikes, skis, rollerblades, and of course, wheelchairs. This would mean that I could begin training as soon as I have a new puppy, and by the time they are full grown, we could be running loops around the lake. I COULD HAVE A HUSKY AGAIN BECAUSE I WOULD BE ABLE TO GIVE THEM THE ACTIVITY THEY NEED TO BE HEALTHY!!

But the good news doesn't stop there.

Part of what is so exciting about this for me is there is a company that makes wheelchairs designed for "off roading" (see the attached vid). Many of my friends know that the first thing I lost with my disabilities was the ability to hike. These wheelchairs change that. Even if I don't have my service dog I would be able to get back out into the woods and "hike" like I did before I got sick. However because of the way the chairs are built, I could take my service dog with me and they could get a workout too.

The bad news with all of it is it cost money I still don't have, and the job I had been working has sidelined me indefinitely so I have no income. Here's hoping that some of the grants and fundraising I've started working on pans out and I'm able to put together enough to get my life back on track.
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