A Service Dog for Louis

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My name is Lou Hawley, and I was diagnosed with epilepsy six years ago when I was 21 years old.

Since having epilepsy, I have had more than a dozen episodes of epilepsy related sleepwalking and seizures, which has compromised my work abilities and quality of daily living.

In my journey with epilepsy, I have learned to face challenges. These challenges allowed for the development of resilience and a recognition of the importance of creating a safe environment. As recently as the Fall of 2022, I recall a sleepwalking episode that brought on fear and confusion when waking up not in my apartment but in the house next door. Police were at the scene. I thought I was in my bed. I tried opening a door only to have it immediately slammed shut. To my surprise, someone was on the other side, and I was told I was about to enter their apartment. Once I became aware, I understood that this was another one of many episodes. I explained to the police that I have epilepsy and that sleepwalking is characteristic of this condition. They understood and helped me into my apartment. This episode initiated my earnest investigation into acquiring a service dog.

Before this occasion, I had been hospitalized at least four times in my six years with epilepsy. These are not pleasant memories. The physical and emotional strain of nausea, vomiting, and not knowing what sparked a seizure was concerning. During these challenging times, my loved ones, especially my mom, have kept me strong and inspired me to be responsible with my situation as best I can because my experiences of having seizures at work have impacted my ease at work, relationships with colleagues, and career progression.

There have been various treatments, lifestyle modifications, and coping mechanisms I adopted to regain control over my life. I have been highly compliant with my medication to the point of having a phone app to log in my medication dose and timing. I meet regularly with my primary care physician (who specializes in neurology). I have taken her advice for preventive measures (e.g., no glass framed picture hangings, alcohol avoidance, regular exercise, epilepsy alert bracelet). Having a highly trained dog that can recognize subtle changes in my body and give me advanced warning will help immensely, especially since I live alone. Such a companion would bring a crucial lifeline during unexpected, critical moments. This opportunity would give me and those around me peace of mind and an increased sense of security. A specially trained dog would significantly enhance my well-being and overall quality of life.

I am fully aware that this brings on a significant responsibility, and I am ready. As stated above, my experience with this condition has had challenges, but this brought on an increased awareness of commitment and consistency to take on the best care. A service dog would only add to the care, which I would eagerly return to my companion. I believe this would bring on a dedicated partnership to take on the challenges of epilepsy. I am excited about the possibility of better promoting my safety, independence, and future.

A Service Dog for Louis
NOTE: All donations are non-refundable and subject to Paypal's transaction fee of 2.9%, which is deducted from the total amount donated.
Thomas Johnson 500.00 USD
Liz 250.00 USD
Nika 250.00 USD
Frank 200.00 USD
Mallory Gandhi 100.00 USD
Frank + Manreet 100.00 USD
Erica Johnson 100.00 USD
Yajaira Flores Castro 100.00 USD
Laura Isaacson 50.00 USD
50.00 USD
50.00 USD
Ann 50.00 USD
Sam Craig 50.00 USD
Brianna Carbonaro 50.00 USD
Spencer 25.00 USD
Lydia 25.00 USD
Bobby Casaletto 25.00 USD
Brizbon 25.00 USD
vicki 20.00 USD
Miller 20.00 USD
Pinsky 20.00 USD
Robbie 20.00 USD
Total amount 2080.00 USD
Target to reach 22315.00 USD

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