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This is an effort to raise funds for Diana Stocksdale to receive a Service Dog. Please help her in her quest!

Hi, I'm Diana Stocksdale and I am 32 years old. I have been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease. The specific type is MNGIE. For those not familiar with this disease, the best way to describe it as an energy disease.

I am needing a service dog to help with daily activities around the home and out in the public setting. I am looking forward to having a service dog as it will give me more independence.

I have researched many organizations across the country and decided to apply at Paws For Freedom located in the state of Kansas. They are a small, family & volunteer, run organization. They care a lot about the services they provide for people like myself with disabilities. The cost for a service dog from their organization is $5,000.00. Service dogs are considered high-end durable medical equipment, however they are not covered by insurance.

For those that wish to have a little bit more information on mitochondrial disease, here is a very short description: Mitochondria are present if each of the body's cells. They are the "powerhouses" that make the energy the body needs to run each organ and system. When the mitochondria are damaged, deleted, or duplicated this causes systems and organs to fail. Mitochondrial disease is not one disease but a group of many. Each with different symptoms. And no two people will present with the same symptoms, thus making it hard to diagnose.

In my case, MNGIE being the diagnosis, many systems and organs are affected. I use a power wheelchair to get around due to severe muscle weakness and low muscle tone. I also have severe GI issues that necessitated a permanent feeding tube placement. I also suffer from seizures, chronic nausea, chronic migraines, swallowing difficulties, ptosis, chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia, hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, an aortic aneurism, heart rhythm issues, a heart defect in the form of a hole, and extreme fatigue and exhaustion.

Please help me to raise funds so I will be able to obtain a service dog.

Thank you for your support in advance!

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