Those of you who know me IRL
(which is probably all of my readers at this point ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) know that I have a disability. It’s not something I try to hide – in fact, if anything I’m quite open about it. I have been diagnosed with several illnesses, both of the mind and of the body, which have taken a toll on my physical health and ability to function in school and many day-to-day activities. This has been an ongoing struggle for at least a decade, and we have tried so many treatments that promised to help. At this point, medication has been the only thing to provide any symptom relief, and even with them I am not where I’d like to be.
I am 20 years old, and had I been able to go the traditional college route, would be heading into my junior year. Unfortunately, going the traditional route was not an option for me as I have always had severe anxiety that seems to manifest especially in a school setting. It has been a struggle for me to go to school, and while college is a bit better, I am still only able to do about 4 class sessions per week reliably.
It has been recommended by my doctors that I get a service dog to help mitigate my symptoms and provide me with the tools I need to function at a level where I might be able to go back to school full time. That said, I’d like to introduce you to Jasper!
Jasper is my 9-week-old goldendoodle mix (supposedly??) service dog prospect. Fully trained, he will perform tasks that will assist me in my daily activities. He’s very smart and loves to play with our other two dogs. We are looking at trainers at the moment but have it narrowed down to a small handful. In my next few posts I will explain more about my symptoms, how Jasper will eventually help me deal with them, and our plan for training.
As anyone familiar with dog training knows, training a dog is not cheap, and a service dog much less so. I have started a GoFundMe for anyone who wishes to contribute to his training. Jasper and I will be so grateful for any help and are so excited to move forward with his education.
I’m running low on spoons for now but will type up the aforementioned posts in a bit.
As always, feel free to leave a comment if you feel like it! I love hearing from you guys.