Please, I really need your help. I am in dire need of a service dog and while I can afford to take care of a dog, I can not afford the initial cost to buy one. I was sexually assaulted which has caused me to develop PTSD. My PTSD has made me unable to sustain employment so I have been placed on Federal Disability (SSDI).
My symptoms, which can be mitigated by a Psychiatric Service Dog, include debilitating flashbacks, disassociation, vivid nightmares, and spiraling thoughts. I am randomly overcome with vivid flashbacks where I relive my rape, causing me to enter into hysterics. Understandably, this has prevented me from earning a living by working.
I unfortunately also suffer with Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and Depression. I routinely deal with hallucinations and illogical, crippling fear on a daily basis. All of these symptoms are able to be lessened with a service dog.
A Psychiatric Service Dog would be able to give me reality affirmation by letting me know if a person/creature is really there or is just a hallucination. When I have world-shattering panic attacks and flashbacks, the dog will be able to give me tactile stimulation to calm me down during an episode. A dog can also sense when I am about to enter an episode and help prevent it before it starts. This will be very beneficial while I am driving which has often triggered panic attacks for me.
My goal is to eventually regain my status as a productive member of society like I was before my world imploded. I do not wish to remain on disability forever. I would like nothing more than too be able to feel safe both outside and in my own home. I am currently unable to leave my house for weeks at a time and unable to focus on anything productive. A service dog will help to change that.
Service dogs are incredibly expensive. I am trying to mitigate the cost by joining a program to train the dog. This should allow the costs to even out to $10,000. For a person unable to work and living off of a disability check, $10,000 is unattainable anytime soon. This is why I plead for your help.
Please help me get my life back. I am dealing with horrendous stress and life altering situations that I simply can not resolve on my own. I need every tool I can get to one day be the ideal person I know I can be. If you can find it in your heart to offer any assistance, I would be truly, eternally grateful. Please.
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Thank you for everything.