Hi, my name is Joe Reeder. I have epilepsy that started with a seizure when I was 12 years old on my way to school. They were focal seizures for a couple years. I had a two year gap, free from seizures from ages 14-16. However, as I grew older, my seizures got worse and worse. I started having seizures (grand mal) preceded by a few seconds of warning. But for the past year and a half, there have been no warnings.
With a broken shoulder from football and my worsening epilepsy, I dropped out of college and went back to living with my parents. I got surgery on one of my shoulders, and soon broke that shoulder again during a seizure, tearing ligaments in the other shoulder. I am not able to find work with my condition and cannot drive until I gain a half a year seizure-free. I received a surgical seizure implant (VNS) on September 10th this year and since then has been two months seizure-free.
I am trying to adopt a service dog that will be trained to be a seizure alert service dog and companion so I may gain some independence and safety as I move away from my parents' care. My neurologist highly suggested I do this. I have chosen a seven-week-old German Shepherd puppy already. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly towards the $4,000 price to make this happen.