November 18, 2012
Before MAWP I was fighting to maintain minimal functionality. I am being medically discharged from the military. The stress from my disability and from being separated from what I had done since I was eighteen years old- literally my entire adult life- had resulted in recurrent bleeding ulcers on top of whatever else was going on. All my energy was spent on trying to act "normal". Hawkeye, who I got just over two months ago, has changed so much. Within the first month he was doing things he hadn't been trained to do that helped me get out of my house and deal with day to day activities. He's both relaxed and attentive. The people at MAWP never made me feel less for having an "invisible disability" and were very attentive to limitations while at the same time refusing to let me use them as a crutch. With Hawkeye's help I've been able to go back to school and stay there. He's even helped improve my relationships with my family and friends. It's also a relief to know that I won't have to worry about falls this winter since Hawk is great in his harness. (The problems in my back mean that one fall can put me in bed for a week or more, and that makes everything else worse. ) Bottom line, this is an incredible, ethically run and caring charity. I highly recommend them.
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