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Service Dog For Heather

Organized by: Hayden Williams

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October 06, 2017

Hey everyone! Just wanted to give a quick update to say that Max and I have been documenting our journey on Instagram! Feel free to follow us: See More

THE STORY:

I have decided to embark on the journey of acquiring a service dog. I have struggled with mental illness most of my life and it's become so debilitating at times that I have trouble getting things done or even leaving the house. Panic attacks and severe anxiety brought on by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) make it difficult to go to work, leaving me with a very low sense of independence.

A service dog could change all that. Service dogs are trained to perform tasks to help mitigate the handler's disability. A psychiatric service dog can perform tasks like: searching your apartment upon returning to check for intruders and alleviate some anxiety over that process, performing deep pressure therapy (putting weight on your lap) to help calm you down during a depressive/dissociative episode or anxiety attack, forming a perimeter around you in large crowds to relieve anxiety, etc. I believe that all of these tasks could help make my life more manageable and help me get back some of my independence. Psychiatric service dogs have even been known to be helpful in allowing their handler to decrease or even stop certain medications with a doctor's permission because they no longer need the extra support that medications can sometimes provide.

I know this is a BIG ask, but I also know I've got a great system of people around me who will support me through this, just as you have supported me through my mental illnesses so far. No gift is too small--I greatly appreciate anything you feel called to give. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for considering making a donation.

$1,390

 

28% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sadie Teal

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jenn (Pohlad) Schuette

     

  • Emily Hassenstab

     

  • Chris Auer

    $50

  • The Harrington Family

    $25

  • Michelle Hromatka

     

  • Love Ya Heather

    $250

  • Dad

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Karin Anderson

    $100

  • Erik Lundin

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Natalie

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Hannah H.

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Alicia Teeter

    $10

  • Ben Rosenbush

    $50

  • Dianne

    $35

  • Renee

    $25

  • Katalja Harrington

    $10

  • Bets Thompson Merboth

    $50

  • Connie and Joe Perttu

    $25

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Donor Comments

Connie and Joe Perttu

Connie and Joe Perttu

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Bets Thompson Merboth

Bets Thompson Merboth

DONATION: $50

Best Wishes to you and Max 1 year ago

Katalja Harrington

Katalja Harrington

DONATION: $10

Praying for you always! â 1 year ago

Renee

Renee

DONATION: $25

God Bless you Heather 1 year ago

Dianne

Dianne

DONATION: $35

2 years ago

Ben Rosenbush

Ben Rosenbush

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Alicia Teeter

Alicia Teeter

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Hannah H.

Hannah H.

ð 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Depression sucks! Please know you are not alone in this fight! 2 years ago

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