LIFE GAVE ME
SERVICE DOG UPDATE: LEMON IS HOME!
I am so excited to officially have Lemon by my side. Follow our adventures on his instagram page.
RI is based in Nashville, TN and is dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities improve their quality of life through the assistance of highly trained service dogs. You can read more about their organization and follow their social media accounts by visiting their website here.
As a non- profit, Retrieving Independence is able to cover half the cost through generous donors and the hard work of volunteers, but the other half of the cost the recipient covers. If you are able to financially contribute I will be forever grateful for your help. You can visit my gofundme here.
I want to start off by reminding you that not all disabilities are visible or look the same. My disability can vary in severity from day to day. Some days will be manageable with mild symptoms and others I will be in too much pain to move, too weak to walk, or dealing with debilitating anxiety and depression. Sometimes I can handle talking to people or walking to get mail from my mailbox and other days just hearing noise outside my apartment will send me into a panic attack. Every day is different and exhausting.
For those of you who don’t know, I struggle with a few different things, but my main disability is C-PTSD or complex post-traumatic stress disorder. If you are not familiar with what that is, it is when someone experiences prolonged, repeated or multiple forms of trauma. Because of the trauma I experienced throughout my childhood, I also struggle with dissociative symptoms, major depressive disorder, disordered eating, and have developed physical symptoms as a result of my trauma like chronic pain, migraine, and fatigue that have limited my mobility.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
I am aware I am asking a lot of my community. If you are able to donate, thank you for your generosity, every dollar makes a difference. If you are able to share this link with someone who may be in a place to financially help, thank you for advocating on my behalf. If you are able to share this on a social media platform, thank you for making space for me. You can visit my fundraising page here to donate or by clicking the button below.
To my Brixi boy, thank you for helping me become the person I am today. You were gone too soon and I miss you every day. I know you picked out Lemon just for me.