Thank you all for your support and donations! I hope to be adding another important update soon. I'm like a little kid before Christmas waiting to hear. My trainer is evaluating dogs this week and we may find a match. One good candidate was snatched up over the weekend, but I know I will get the dog I'm meant to have.
Work continues day to day to keep moving forward and the overwhelmingly positive response has kept me driving on.
Thank you all!
The journey continues of course. The last couple of weeks have been a major roller coaster of up and down emotions and triggers. On September 28, 2012 one of my best and closest friends, a comrade, one hell of a warrior, was killed in Wardak Afghanistan. SFC Riley Stephens and I went to school together and as the years passed and experiences were lived and survived we became closer and closer. Being from a small town like ours, almost everyone is family by default, but Riley and Ken and their dad Mic are all like brothers. We laid my brother to rest on October 7th 2012 and continue to mourn his loss and celebrate the blessing of having him in our lives. Riley was serving with the 1/3 Special Forces Group (Airborne) as the senior medic on the team. Rest in Peace brother...
The day after we buried my best friend we were blessed with the birth of our newest and last child. Baby and mom are doing great and I've tried to do everything I can to stay focused ONLY on them and our children.
The outpouring of support for me and my family has been a huge blessing in our lives. I will be working with Pamela Kramer through her blogs to document this process as things move forward for all to see and hopefully to spread awareness. We are halfway there and still have time. To those that have donated, thank you very much. To those that have spread the message, thank you very much. To those that are like me, keep up the fight, it's worth it even when the walls close in and the world doesn't seem worth it.
Thanks again to all.
Most who know me personally know just how hard it is for me to ask for help. Even when I need it, and have exhausted all other options, most times I still refuse to ask. I'm working on that and this is one of the ways I am doing so. When I initially started this I reached out to a friend who just blew me away with her enthusiasm, energy, and dedication to helping me. Pamela Kramer is pretty awesome. We met during a team race near Houston and completed the Spartan Challenge. Even though we're friends and keep up with each other's lives she wasn't fully aware of how things are for me. After our initial message about this she literally blew up my phone with questions and comments and guidance. Overwhelmed, all I could respond was to say thank you. Knowing me, she just reassured me to keep faith and she'd take care of things and keep me posted. Needless to say I'm floored. She has a blog that covers several subjects and she blogged about this. Please read it here http://www.pamelamkramer.com/happy-dog-week-help-a-soldier .
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who have already donated. The act of giving does more for my faith in humanity than any dollar amount and my excitement grows to continue this process and then share the successes and experiences of living with a service dog.
Thank you all,