About Jacinda Marko Service Dog
Jacinda Marko shares many qualities with every other typical 12 year old girl: loves her kitty, is crazy for horses, spends hours giggling with her friends. What sets her apart, however, is epilepsy. For over 5 years, Jacinda and her mom & sisters, have maintained a high state of readiness in case Jacinda has another seizure. Her teachers and school mates are aware and mostly kind, but there is still teasing and mocking that accentuates less positive aspects of Jacinda's "uniqueness". Occasionally, a seizure results in real injury or life threatening situations.
Jacinda is looking forward to receiving a service dog that will respond to her seizures. We are preparing a dog to ATTEND Jacinda during her seizures so she feels less vulnerable until she recovers, to GET HELP from mom or older sisters when seizures strike at home; and to BRACE in response to Jacinda's pre-seizure verbal cue, "Hold Me", and again as she regains her composure.
Jacinda has adapted and adjusted to the unpredictability of life with epilepsy. She is looking forward to the security and dependability of a service dog to walk this path with as she grows in independence.