Jacob Whitcomb's PTSD Service Dog Fundraiser
Organized by: Jacob Whitcomb
Last year I was finally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I was struggling to get to class in my last few years of high school. Clearly, I was suffering from some depression and anxiety and ultimately ended myself up in the hospital and spent about a week there wishing I could get out immediately. Finally I was released but things were not getting better from there, I was still going down hill. My parents split up, and they filed bankruptcy due to the house losing almost $100,000 in equity on the mortgage they still were paying off . This house that we had for merely a decade and where I grew up for the majority of childhood. I didn't want to leave I cried for days on days end until we had to say goodbye to my childhood. We had to move in my grandparents (my mom's parents) and have lived there for almost two years now. Within the time that my parents filed for bankruptcy and we started living with my grandparents, I had a psychiatric evaluation. There they diagnosed me with PTSD and anxiety. I have known people with PTSD but never expected this diagnosis. I mean it makes complete sense, my parents would always get into physical alterations with each other when I was younger and was the reason for the first divorce and ultimately the second too. My father was a drinker and was getting worse before we lost the house was even starting to drink and drive. The PTSD is the result of these verbal and physical altercations. I will never forget these nights and the occasions when it got so bad Dad was kicked out for the night. One time the next morning when Mom took her shower her hair was even falling out. Not to say she just sat there and took it she was a fighter! The best thing that came from them getting remarried after the first divorce is my twin brothers. But now we are back living with grandparents and even with no rent we still are barely making ends meet with the lawyer bills for the divorce and bankruptcy, and other basic bills. She is a single mother of two sets of twins (yes I am a twin too) and is barely making it. I have graduated from high school with honors and am currently at college but it still isn't easy. I really need something to change in my life and would love to be able to afford this service dog that would truly help with my PTSD and that's where you come in. Even if its $10 anything helps me with trying to afford the training and purchase/adoption of this dog. Thank you in advance!!