I depend heavily on my mom to go with me places because I am afraid of having a flair up of the dysautonomia (high heart rate) or getting a bad headache, and blacking out. I am unable to spend more than 30 minutes in the hot Texas heat, I am unable to exercise and am on a special diet to help minimize symptoms. I can't not carry anything that weighs more than a jug of milk becasue it causes my head to hurt.
I am about to start college in August and would like to be able to attend college on my own without my mom having to assist me. Therefore, I am campaining to raise money for a service dog. Service dogs are very expensive ($20,000 plus travel expenses). By having a service dog they can alert me to heart rate changes so I can take measures before it gets out of hand. A service dog will also be able to help me when dropping things as bending over causes great pain for me. A service dog will allow me to have the independence that I long for. It would help me with anxiety attacks that care caused by all of my medical conditions.
Thank you in advance for your help in me obtaining a service dog.
- Laurinda White
- Stephanie Frederick
- Brenda Waldrep Smith
- Kelli Rinando
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