Lawrence Christensen and NSD Lynx
I joined the military at age 18 and served for 28 years. During my
service I deployed several times in support of United Nation
Peacekeeping Missions and during the Gulf War and the War on
Terrorism. Most often in not the best conditions. I was diagnosed with
severe PTSD after struggling for the better part of 20 years alone and
not even knowing what was wrong. I was released medically from the
Canadian Armed Forces in 2009 and continued to struggle until my
family rescued a dog, and several times she kept me grounded and made
me feel ok. She passed a few years ago peacefully with my family and I
in our front yard. I understand the benefit that a dog can have on my
mental health and the mental health of my loved ones.
One of the biggest effects my PTSD has on my life and that of my
family is that I am unable to be in places that are crowded or busy as
it causes me extreme stress and anxiety. With NSD Lynx, Certified
Service Dog for PTSD, by my side, I am now able to be a part of many
family activities with my wife and more importantly my son; outings
that I could only wish to be part of before Lynx joined our family.
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to provide this wonderful life changing resource to people and
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