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Help Me Get a Diabetic Service Dog for My Diabetes
$520 raised
10% of $5k goal
13 contributors
4 Years running
I have been a type one diabetic since the age of eight. I desperately need help to fund a service alert dog for myself. These dogs alert owners to low/high blood sugars and are guardian angels for the owner's health. I am now 30, and growing up, ...
I have been a type one diabetic since the age of eight. I desperately need help to fund a service alert dog for myself. These dogs alert owners to low/high blood sugars and are guardian angels for the owner's health. I am now 30, and growing up, "diabetes" was a dirty word. There were no blood glucose commercials on TV, no famous stars with the condition, no sugar free foods sold in the mainstream, and little to no real education about the illness. I was teased, bullied by peers, and made to feel ashamed of my condition. I often pretended that I did not have diabetes because I did not want people to know about it and judge me. Now, as an adult, I hope to "come out of the closet" as a diabetic with a service dog who will travel everywhere with me and alert me to changes in my blood sugar levels. This is a lifesaver for a diabetic, as low sugars can cause coma or death, and high sugars can break down organs and cause major complications. My service dog would help me live a "normal" life with the extra layer of health protection. Service dogs are not cheap, as they must be expertly trained and certified. I have already completed an initial intake interview with a service dog organization, but would like to continue the process towards adoption/applicant-dog matching. My father died in 2009, and so my mother's income is drastically limited. She wants to help me pay for this dog, but there is only so much she can do. I am asking for your help. Every cent of the money I am raising would go to the organization to pay for my diabetic alert service dog.
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