Emma is a three year old black Lab mix. A dog training friend of mine is going to train her to be a service dog for me, so I can have more access to normal life. She is sweet, calm, dedicated, quiet and submissive. I have fallen in love with her. She is already a help with most of my sx. She is a good distraction for sure!

I am now forced to walk, which is a bit of a challenge when my dizziness kicks in.  I feel more confident walking with her than I do walking alone, though. I imagine the exercise is good for me, even when my muscles are hurting.

Mornings are the hardest still. It is wonderful to wake up to her sweet face and calm demeanor. Instead of ruminating over how bad I feel, I get up and feed her, and then off we go for our first walk of the day.

I could not have adopted a dog until now. I was way too sick. I am grateful that I am getting better. I have a ways to go, but one day I will cross the finish line and this will be a distant memory. I am hopeful that in another two years I can say I am back to normal. Time will tell. I am learning to let go, and let God. Learning to surrender and accept that life as I used to know it, is gone. I have a good life now, even if I am sick. I am happy that I am well enough to take care of a dog. Who knows what I will be able to do once my brain regains more receptors? Time will tell.

Thanks for meeting Emma. I am thrilled to have her in my life. I hope with her help, I will be able to travel a bit further beyond the small boundaries I live in now.

I hope everyone is hanging in there, and passing the time well. I carry you all in my heart.