MEGAN & CHIVE
NEW HOPE FOR BIG DREAMS
Meet 14-year-old Megan from Minnesota.
As a child, Megan suffered from chronic trauma for several years. As a result, Megan struggles with debilitating fear, extreme anxiety, and PTSD. Her PTSD stripped her of many childhood years and makes it impossible to leave her house some days.
“There really is no way I can show people what a PTSD night terror or flashback is like,” says Megan. “I don’t know how to describe the fear I sometimes feel, fear that can keep me in the same frozen position for hours.”
Megan spends her days taking her online classes, reading, and riding horses. Unfortunately, approximately a year ago, Megan was knocked off one of her horse, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury.
Over the years, Megan has met with over 20 different doctors, as she has struggled with chronic joint pain, low blood pressure, and gastric issues for years. No doctor was able to give her an accurate diagnosis. Finally, in October of this year, Megan was diagnosed with Elhers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). She also has periodic paralysis on the left side of her body which doctors say are hemiplegic migraines that could be a result EDS.
This hasn’t stopped Megan from chasing her dreams. She eventually plans on going to veterinary school to become an equine vet.
In September, Megan met Chive the Roverchase Service Dog for the first time.
Chive is a one-year-old golden retriever whose dad is already a service dog. One of Chive’s favorite tasks to perform and one of Megan’s greatest needs is deep pressure therapy. He is also learning mobility support and anxiety alerting.
Chive will be able to clear a room and house for intruders, and continue to do it until Megan feel safe. He will also provide non-defensive boundary control and can turn on/off lights when Megan has night terrors and provide deep pressure therapy to help keep her calm. Chive is being trained to do the very things Megan needs the most to have confidence to take on each day.
“I had given up on many of my hopes and dreams under the grip of chronic pain and PTSD and when I found out about Chive and then met him, somehow my hopes and dreams seem possible again,” says Megan. “I have renewed hope that I can finish school and go on to college, that I can pursue being a veterinarian and that I can move about my house and city while feeling safe and stable.”
Chive will graduate from Service Dog School and become Megan’s fulltime service dog at the end of December.
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