"Every day, my husband George and I see how a service dog is not only going to change my life,
but also make our lives better together in so many ways." Kelly Wahle
Hello! I'm Kelly! I am 37 years old and I have been disabled since I was 25. Over the years I have developed several chronic health conditions that impact my daily life and ability to function independently. My husband, George, who also has several chronic health issues including Crohn's disease and auto-immune arthritis, is the person I lean on and look to for help when he is home. However, because of his health issues, he is having increasing difficulty in helping me. And, when George is at work forty-five minutes away, I am unsafe and without help.
I have significant weakness, fatigue and Psoriatic (auto-immune inflammatory) Arthritis, which affects my ability to walk. Additionally, I have Meniere's disease, which is an inner ear disease that is progressively taking away my hearing and also affects the vestibular (balance) part of my ear which causes severe vertigo and disequilibrium (balance problems). Because these symptoms are unpredictable, my abilities change over the course of a day. The vertigo and disequilibrium make it so I cannot figure out which way is up and this affects my ability to walk, ability to go up and down stairs, and ability sit on the toilet by myself (just to name a few). When I am by myself, I often have to crawl on the floor to get where I am going. A service dog will wear a harness I will hold onto which will help me balance when walking, to help me navigate stairs safely, and to help me walk from one room to the other.
As I fall often without warning, a service dog will be able to get my phone and go for help. When I drop items on the floor, it is too dangerous for me to bend over and so a dog will be able to pick things up as well as retrieve items when I need them such as my medication bag. Basic daily tasks are hard for me including going to the restroom by myself. The service dog will give me back my privacy in the restroom, help me transfer in and out of my wheelchair, enable me to get out of the house by myself for a walk.
Thank you for your generous support to help ECAD educate a service dog for Kelly.
Donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law. If your employer has a Matching Gift program,
please complete the form and mail it to ECAD, P.O. Box 831, Torrington, CT 06790.