Service Dog for Emma
Organized by: Emma Wood
My name is Emma. I am currently a college student in my third year of college, studying Veterinary Science. I struggle with generalized anxiety, extreme clinical depression, panic attacks and impulsive self-harm. Even with continuous therapy and guidance from my Doctor, I still find myself struggling in my day to day life. I spiral into panic attacks often, during which I impulsively self-harm and feel deep, indescribable loneliness and worthlessness. This breakthrough anxiety occurs almost on a daily basis. I am especially susceptible to nervousness and anxiety when I am out in public alone. Therefor, I have decided to try and get a service dog. I am hoping to acquire an animal who can distract me from my anxiety, be there for me during panic attacks, and keep my arms at my sides and distract me when I begin to try and self-harm. I truly believe that having this companion can do more good for me than any of my other methods for stopping or preventing panic attacks and self harm. Of course, service dogs are incredibly expensive, with psychiatric dogs costing eight to ten thousand dollars. This money would go towards the cost of acquiring a dog, going through service training and handler classes, and to the Veterinary bill for a wellness check. If I were to have this dog, my life would be changed. Never again would I feel so alone that I consider disappearing to be better than living in this pain. With a service animal by my side, I will have the strength to continue my mental and emotional healing. Thank you.