Hi folks, in case you don't know me, my name is Michelle Heins. I'm a mother and a wife and before becoming ill I was a nurse trying to further my education to become a Nurse Midwife. Life and my dream of a career has been put on hold for me for many reasons, most of which are health related. The most recent, and most scary developement in my health troubles is that my Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) has been getting worse. It has finally gotten to the point that I was in the hospital and needed medications to get my heart back to its normal, if weakened, function.
While in the hospital, I related to my nurse the story of my friend's young dog being incredibly attentive toward me during a "heart episode" (how I refer to moments when I can feel my heart doing what it shouldn't). She mentioned that there are a type of Service Dogs called Cardiac Alert Dogs and suggested that me having one would probably be very beneficial to my future health.
I've done some research and have discovered that there are many ways in which a Cardiac Alert Dog can assist their hander. Just a few of the ways a Cardiac Alert Dog might be able to help improve my quality of life are:
- Inform me of when my heart is not functioning correctly so that I know to take my medicine.
- Inform loved ones around me, if I am unable, that something has happened to me.
- Bring objects or medications to me if I am unable to get them myself. Including possibly live saving heart medications.
The current goal of $1000 is very low in the hopes that one of the dogs I currently have, or a friend's young dog that showed potential might be able to be trained as such a dog. The money would go toward getting them evaluated, and then starting training if any of them qualify. If none of them qualify then I am going to have to bump the goal up to account for getting a professional bred and trained dog instead.
Please, for the peace of mind that having a Cardiac Alert Dog would provide for myself and my family, if you are able to donate, do so. If donating is not within your ability at this time, please just share my cause. I don't want to miss out on life with my children, my wife, or many friends family if there is a way to prevent it. Especially if having a dog to look out for me could be such a simple and helpful solution.
Deepest gratitude from me and my family!