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My book “The Secret Life of Hidden Disabilities”

October 15, 2017

Thank you to the UFCW local 135 “The Worker” August 2017 news letter and Communications Director Lori Kern for interviewing me and my book. This last year I had to returned to the union as I do yearly for my pension papers. Lori and I met while I was in lobby with Chloe by my side.  We spoke about me helping a friend with her dog becoming a service dog.

Well a week later, I receive this awesome call that from Lori asking me if she could interview on me and about my book since I had been a retail food clerk and now a retiree. I was beyond elated, and happy, and said, “Yes!”

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Staying Present

July 10, 2014

How do you feel when you have reached so deep inside that the anointing of God has set you free to live in the present and leave you happy for the future?
Daily: “I surrender to the Christ within and I go free” from the book of Florence Scovel Shinn. Anything that is bothering you or holding you hostage due to indecision, frustration and unsettled anxiety it is as simple as giving it to God and meditating “I surrender to the Christ within and I go free.”
May you have many blessed moments.

Chloe says WOOF!

The Hayliegh Project

December 5, 2012

Here is the article I was asked to write about the benefits of both me and my service dogs use of LDN. I still have to live w/ this horrific disease and lately it has attacked my stomach as if my appendix’s has ruptured.

About my service dog she has gained full use of her back leg that was once atrophied and not of any use.  She is surviving cancer w/ no suffering. Hayliegh still keeps working for me as she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, but w/ me.

I have purchased a Burley tail wagon for her this way we can stay together where ever go.

Every day I ask God to show me what I can do to give back to the world while living w/ this disease and while being home.  I also share what Hayliegh and I do while we are home.

http://www.ldnresearchtrustfiles.co.uk/docs/July%20Newsletter.pdf

 

We are on page 7 & 8

I love you Hayliegh Muffins!

I love you Hayliegh Muffins!

Hayliegh’s World

November 25, 2012

Relationships

Hayliegh knows the difference between the different levels of relationship that we have.  There are various relationships when we are in the “out shopping mode.” She knows to remain by my side until given permission to greet people. When we run into casual friends, she knows she can say hello after I’ve greeted them. On the days I am not well, she will greet them and then come right back to me.

You might be asking when you see me, “Why does she need a dog?”  I am rolling into a very fit fifty, I have honey blond hair, I eat well and stay as fit as I can.  Not an easy task considering this disease is 24/7. I value the benefits of working out as I have been working out since I was thirteen years of age.  It has an important part of my way of life.

We also have our “gym mode.”   Even though she is working for me, I allow her to say hi to everyone, as they are considered regular friends that we see all the time. Saying hello is part of her treats, so I let her enjoy herself while we’re there. She always makes me her priority, despite her outgoing personality.  One day at the gym a friend said “Do you notice how she isn’t as friendly when the Fibromyalgia is flaring in your back?” I realized that was true. I also discovered that her behavior reverts to her usual friendly demeanor once my medications kick in.  Another time, she refused to be social with any of our close friends at the gym. She stood near my side looking forward in a worried manner. Jennifer, a staff member ask “Kim are you feeling okay?” I told her I felt fine. She said “Either you need to go home or we’re going to have an earthquake, because I’ve never seen Hayliegh act like this.” I decided to listen to Hayliegh’s intuition and drive home. She couldn’t have walked any faster to get me to the car.  She wouldn’t even take her treats that she likes before we got going. Well when I got home within forty minutes, I was doubled over with acute stomach pain and could not walk.     

When we visit the doctor we are in “doctor mode.”  She likes to greet the nurses, staff and the doctors; they all enjoy her and it puts a smile on all their faces. I think it helps her feel safe when they work on me. My doctors are amazed, when she reacts to them working on me. For instance, when they give me a shot, she will get up and have to watch over me.

When I have a CAT scan or any other test where she can’t see my face, she starts to whimper or make a low cry. If I end up in an ambulance the medical techs ask “Can she come with us?” and I say “Yes” and then the medical tech will say “yes too.” We had a cute moment when an ambulance came to pick me up. One tech thought she was so cute, he asked if he could take a photo of her in the ambulance; I couldn’t help but say yes. You should see when I am admitted to the ER facility. By the time I get to the area that is curtained off, the word has spread through the whole ER floor that the cutest service dog was there with me. It is funny how one person after another cruised by to say hi to Hayliegh. Can you imagine?  I am at the hospital, the techs are hooking me up with needles and wires, and Hayliegh is on the floor and she is getting really upset as she cannot see my face. The nurses usually put her on the bed with me so she can calm down.

One time the doctor thought I had a ruptured appendicitis.  My thoughts raced; what do I do? I have Hayliegh it is now past her dinner time, she wouldn’t have any of her food, and who would take her out? Suddenly the Chaplain shows up; she had to come and see the cute dog hanging out in the ER room.  Back to the food and potty breaks.  The Chaplin offered to take Hayliegh out as she would be on duty all night for patients.  One of the nurses asks if they could bring Hayliegh something form the kitchen? I said “Oh she would be so happy,” so they brought her a bowl of rice with meatloaf since it was on the menu. The nurses and the kitchen agreed if I had to stay the night they would put rice and chicken in the refrigerator they keep on the floor. Wasn’t that nice?

Haylieghs World

November 4, 2012

Hayliegh next to her Burley tail wagon.

We made the best of this beautiful day. I started w/ lots of pain. I decided to thank God for medication which helped my pain and helped me get going.  We went around Lake Murray on skates and Hayliegh used her wheels.  The lake was sparkling and the dry winds kept the air clean and warm.  Some shots of us at the east end of the lake. My goal is take advantage of every minute w/my little booster she is now thirteen yrs of age and I would like to soak up ever  minute  w/ her.  Goal we were trying to get photos of her in her Burley tail wagon the past photos haven’t shown up well as the wagon is black and so is she.

A great day in San Diego

Haylieghs World “The Hayliegh Project”

May 31, 2012

Hayliegh and I had another great day in sunny San Diego.  While we were out we met another person who is struggling w/ hidden disabilities or invisible disabilities. We haven’t counted how many people “The Hayliegh Project” has helped over this last year.  We have helped many people in the area’s of housing, legal help whether it is for social security, fighting an over pay mistake by social security office by filing appeals. We have helped people who could no longer work due to disability by having their school loans written off.   We have been available for support when someone needs to talk about how thier life has changed.  We also help educate people w/ information about how to obtain a service dog and understanding the laws. We also help people when their civil rights when they have been denied.

Today was a great example: We ran into a man w/his service dog he asked us about the service dog vest  and it turned out minutes later he needed help w/ how to obtain his Social Securty because he had been denied and cannot work. we refereed him to a social security attorney.  We also were able to get him medical resources to aid in his medical care and maybe housing.

We just took part in an audio interview for the LDN research trust where we share how LDN is working both for me and my serivce dog w/ our health.  We have been asked to write an article for their news letter.

Goals: to start a group for those suffering w/ hidden disabilities and invisable disabilities and have an official site.

I have to say that my heart is filled w/joy knowing that the mission to help others is really happening.

Hayliegh sends a woof as she works hard being my little supervisor.


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