Seizure alert dog needed

Why. This was the only word my daughter texted me from the ER after she was rushed there by ambulance after her 6th epileptic seizure. Chelsea Guoynes is a 21 year-old college athlete. She is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is majoring in Professional Golf Management and has been on their Div. 1 golf team for four years.

After 3 hospital stays of 4 days each, 9 MRIs, 9 CTscans and 3 EEGs the reason for her left side paralysis was diagnosed. She has a venous malformation on the right side of her brain over the motor cortex.

Now, instead of the 3 day left side paralysis, she is blacking out. Her driving privledges have been revoked, she can't take a bath or go in the water--she lives literally 30 yards from a beach in her campus dorm.

Although golf is a huge part of her life, Chelsea knows how to have fun! The problem is that she doesn't know when that fun is in jeopardy....when she could collapse. A service dog trained for seizures could help her through this difficult time. The average cost is $15k and takes about 6 months to train. Please help us get her a companion who will be by her side as she comes out of a seizure and might even be able to warn her one is coming.

Chelsea has a 3.6 gpa and has earned enough awards for her golf to literally cover her walls.

Chelsea lives in Florida, her sister lives in CA and we live in PA. A dog would be there to comfort her when we can't. A service dog could warn her and protect her. She has such a fun and loving spirit. These seizures have dramatically impacted her life--from the emotional aspect to the limits on her ability to drive to a golf course (or the grocery store, out to eat, to a dr appt). Help us help her.

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Teri Guoynes
McMurray, PA

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