Amelia Brinker

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img_20161015_174511589Amelia is 16 years old and suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She has burning, stabbing pain all of the time in her right leg. Last year she had surgery to repair two tendons that she tore playing soccer. The doctors are not sure why, but her central nervous system started to malfunction causing terrible pain, discoloration, swelling, dystonia of the muscles (locking up) and allodynia (extreme sensitivity when touched). This disorder is has one of the highest pain levels and is nicknamed the suicide disease because many people just can’t handle it any longer. She has been having anxiety issues since her diagnoses and scratches her hands and arms until they bleed without even knowing it. Groups of people and loud places make this worse. She also has developed tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and syncope (blacking out). The doctor says that the pain makes the anxiety worse, which makes the other symptoms worse.

It is recommended that Amelia get a multipurpose assistance service dog to help steady her when walking and using stairs, open doors when she is in the wheelchair, retrieve items such as medication on higher pain days, and behavior disruption when she is feeling anxiety. It will also help keep her calm during her painful physical therapy sessions and surgical injections. Service dogs cost about $34,000 to train. We are raising $17,000 to help 4 Paws for Ability with the cost of placing a service dog with Amelia. Please visit her fundraising page if you would like to help donate ! As soon as we raise the money, they can begin the process of training a dog that will specifically help Amelia!