Around 3 years ago, I was heading home with my son, when I was hit
extremely hard by a large SUV while waiting to make a left hand turn.
We were hit from behind by another vehicle going 70 kmh! The impact
sent our vehicle flying across the road. My car was a total write off!
A car that I held dear, as it was a gift to me from my grandparents.
My life changed completely as of that date. I had to re-learn many
basic skills. I struggled with memory loss and confusion. My mobility
and independence were taken from me. I suffered with significant
damage to my lower back, neck and head. I can no longer ride a
bicycle, roller blade, skate or do many of the things |I used to enjoy
and which require a lot of balance. This has had an incredibly
negative impact on my lifestyle. Loud sounds cause me to experience
panic attacks and I have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result of this
I already struggled with a pre-existing condition called Ehler
|danlos Syndrome type 3, (This is joint hypermobility affecting both
large and small joints, which may lead to recurrent joint dislocations
and subluxations (partial dislocation). Cycling on a regular basis and
other forms of exercise helped to keep my muscles well-toned to try
and offset the side effects of EDS.
Having a K4Paws Service Dog will greatly increase my mobility and my
confidence. My doctors have advised me that having a service dog
should have an enormous positive impact on my life and I am excited to
be starting on this journey.
Thank you for supporting me and helping
with my campaign.