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I am trying to raise money for a diabetic alert dog to alert me when my blood sugar is low to bring more peace of mind to me and my family and more safety for me and my son.

Hi my name is Brittany and I have been diabetic for over 15 years now and have several other issues many of which stem from my diabetes. One of which is hypoglycemia unawareness. Often when my blood sugar is dropping I am unable to feel any changes until I am at a very dangerous stage. I have a four year old son and I often fear I will be driving or home alone with him when this happens.

 I learned about diabetic alert dogs and had an opportunity to spend two weeks with a friend who has one. During those two weeks I experienced an incredible amount of hope for what my life could be like. There is an organization in California called Dogs4Diabetics that provided my friend with her dog. Dogs4Diabetics currently is not able to sponsor dogs in Tennessee but they help a lot of people receive diabetic alert dogs and it is definitely an organization worth supporting. If you would like to find out more about the training process and research that is being done with these dogs you can visit there website through my links.

I also suffer from severe anxiety and the companionship provided an amount of relief that allowed me to do things comfortably I haven't been able to do in years. I also have periphreal and autonomic neuropathy which as it progresses will only further complicate my health and make it more difficult to tell what my blood sugars are doing on my own. I have tried a continous glucose monitoring system to aid with this but due to significant scar tissue in my abdomen if was not a viable option.

The trainer I am going to be using will train the dog to wake me up during my sleep if my blood sugar was to drop as well as be able to fetch my glucose monitor, glucose tablets or juice when I am unable to walk on my own. I am nearly 25 years old and still have to have someone stay home with me when I have a stomache bug for fear that something will happen and I will not be able to help myself. I am a very independent person by nature and to be able to have this security, non judgemental suppport system and freedom would vastly improve my quality of life. I so look forward to having a dog of my own that I can establish that bond with. When you are able to spend time with a service dog and their owner you realize what and incredible relationship is built. I look forward to be able to have this with my own dog.

  Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and considering helping me.
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