Sara's PTSD Service Dog
Organized by: Sara Papson
So, what exactly is PTSD? According to Mayo Clinic, "Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) [is defined as] a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event." Service dogs have been proven to help both veterans and civilians with PTSD, along with other numerous disabilities. It's my hope and plan to reduce my symptoms with the help of one, along with therapy with a psychologist. But, having a service dog comes with a price. One that my husband and I can't afford without help, which is why I'm reaching out publicaly to help with the funds I need. With the assistance of a service dog, I'll be able to go out and live the life that I so desperately crave and need. The dog will be able to sense and redirect me when I start to undergo a panic attack. It'll be a barrier between me and the public when I go out, allowing me to have the space I need. Be a source of physical comfort when I get scared or need reassurance. It'll also wake me up from the beginnings of my nightmares, allowing me to sleep more easily next to my husband. The tasks it would be trained to do would thoroughly enrich and help my life in more ways than I could just list here. This is a very long term investment, for my health, the health of my marriage, and family. I want to be able to live again, and not have to worry that I might be put into a situation where I can't find the will power to push forward and out of it. The sooner I can raise the money needed, the sooner I can begin seeking a suitable service dog and be on the way to a less stressful life. All money donated will go toward the purchasing, training, and upkeep of the service dog.