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Life Changing Chance
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About Life Changing Chance
Hello! My name is Alexandria Easter, a 22 year old college student who, like many, suffered a sexual assault at a young age. This trauma still affects my life in many ways. One being that I suffer from PTSD. For those who don't know what PTSD is, it's mental health disorder that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault (US Department of Veterans Affairs). With this disorder comes crippling anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks and insomnia. My PTSD causes me to have panic attacks that disrupt and intrude on my everyday life. I have lost the passion for what I once loved and I continue to isolate myself. I go trough life looking through something called a "trauma lens". This causes me to be Hypervigilant to triggers which remind me of my past. This causes paranoia and difficultly regulating my emotions. Many times people with PTSD struggle with depression. I am no different. I am prey to my suicidal ideations and self harm. Three times I became the victim to these urges but by the grace of God, I survived. Throughout the past nine years, I have struggled to find the perfect treatment team and the proper medication regiment. Slowly but surely I found the best God could give me. Something still wasn't right so I started researching for more tools to add to my tool box and I found Psycihatric Service Dog (PSD). These dogs are specifically trained to assist an individual or perform tasks to help someone who has been disabled by severe mental health issues and these dogs can be specialized for someone with PTSD. The dog can go with me outside the house which reduces reclusiveness and I will be able too successfully run errands and attend school. The dog will wake me when I have nightmares. Distract me from scratching myself when I get anxious. The dog will bring medication to me on command or when alerted to do so by a timer/alarm. This will assure that I continue to be probably medicated. The dog will stand in front of or circle me in crowded areas in order to create personal space in a non-aggressive manner. This will help me better navigate crowds. When the dog detects that I am having anxiety, it will apply deep pressure which will bring the anxiety down and not cause a panic attack. Sadly, these dogs cost upwards of $10,000. One reasons these dogs are so expensive is because they spend hours upon hours of practicing specialized skills catered towards the specific person. It also costs a lot to house and care the dogs at the facility. I would love your help to obtain one of these animals to purchase this dog to improve my way of life.
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