I was just like any other teenager in May of 2006. A devastating vehicle crash caused damage to my cervical spine and brain leaving me unable to use my legs. I have limited use of bothmy arms.
If I drop anything on the floor, I’m out of luck. I cannot use a reaching device because I cannot grip. Some things like being able to get ready for bed are complicated by the fact that once in bed I can’t turn the light off. Many things in drawers are inaccessible to me. Opening doors are a big problem.
My service dog will be able to help me immensely. Amazingly, the dogs can open and close drawers, doors, pick up or retrieve objects, turn on or off the lights, bring me water, and most importantly be a loyal companion. Service dogs can also help me get undressed and call for help if I have an emergency. A service dog would go a long way in helping me become more independent.
I serve the community by giving talks about the dangers of texting while driving. I am looking forward to having Jackson, my service dog, going along with me while I do this work.