Because the long awaited Boston Support Group meeting at MGH is going to be this Saturday, I thought I’d resurrect this blog.
First of all, I want to apologize for having stayed away for so long. I also want to wish all of you a good year ahead. I really like this sentiment, written by Janet Rebhan: Continue reading
It so nice to have a place to go and a mission to accomplish where I can go to just be Donna and not be defined by Ataxia. Crazy Acres in Ipswich, the farm where Denim is from, is one of those places. I volunteer there a couple times a week and when I’m there I am the “laundry-folder”, “supper-dish-preparer”, “dog-dish-washer”, “dog-cuddler”…Granted, I wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for my Ataxia but when I’m there, I don’t FEEL that is the reason I’m there. I’m there because I enjoy it there. I love what they do there and I want to help where I can. I love watching Denim run free in the arena. I love watching her stand up in the backseat of my car, tail wagging when she realizes where we’re going…
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but after last night’s wonderful celebration, I feel I need to mention it again. Because I regularly volunteer at Service Dog Project (SDP) where Denim is from, I was invited to last night’s celebration and met many other people that give so much to this wonderful organization.
I believe that volunteering your time can improve your outlook. Especially if your disability has left you in the position of no longer being employed. Having a “mission” can be so uplifting. Continue reading
I now have a mobility service dog. Her name is Denim. She is a young female Great Dane, almost 2 years old. She is an absolute joy to be with!
Getting a service dog has meant a huge change for my life. My disability is taking on a new reality. No more denying it or faking it. My Ataxia has been progressing and it was becoming quite difficult to get around.