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Help us get Abby a service dog

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My name is Tracy. For those of you that know me, you know that I do not like to ask for help!
But for my children, there is nothing I would not do. With that being said….

My daughter Abby has recently been going through some pretty rough medical problems. She has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Symptoms include overly flexible joints that can dislocate, and skin that's translucent, elastic, and bruises easily. Unfortunately Abby dislocates her shoulders and hips very easily and this makes every day activities such as lifting a gallon of milk difficult some days. This also causes overall pain regularly.

With Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a common diagnosis is also Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome- Also called: POTS, she is currently undergoing testing for this.

She has been suffering with overall body pain, fatigue (sleeping 16 hours and still exhausted), nausea, and severe dizziness. Taking multiple medications throughout the day, Luckily she has not yet had episodes of passing out but she has come close.

It has been decided by the family and her Doctors that she should be paired with a service dog to help her, alert her to oncoming episodes, so she can sit down, or get assistance.

Athena recently joined our family, she is a 4.5 month old Great Pyrenees/Golden Doodle mix who we are hoping to begin service dog training, this can cost $10,000-$15,000. If Athena is not a good fit, we will have to go with a breeder from Florida that breeds puppies for POTS service training, that will cost us $30,000.

We are asking for any help possible! My hope is to start Training with Athena next month and see how she does. Any money raised will go to training. Any money raised beyond the amount we need will be donated to the trainer we are working with to assist another family in need to a service animal!

Thank you in advance to anyone willing to help us out


Tracy Glenn
Sylva, NC

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