About Melissa Stiak Service Dog
Melissa was a busy, involved mother of four, despite struggling with symptoms of undiagnosed conditions. Like many moms, self-care took a backseat to caring for her family. Melissa's aches & pains, numbness & loss of muscle control yielded conflicting test results and ambiguous diagnoses. After many years of working at Von's. Melissa sustained a serious OJT back injury. She says that incident "woke the beast" and all her chronic conditions symptoms became severe. Her conditions were finally identified as a series of auto-immune disorders and Complex PTSD that affect her brain function, memory, digestion, metabolism, equilibrium, muscle control. Doctors agree that she has likely suffered from flare-ups of alternating conditions since her mid-20s. Since the back injury and subsequent unsuccessful surgery, the myriad conditions ALL seem to be active. Melissa still enjoys the fellowship and support of her family - welcoming them to her home for celebrations, holidays, and gatherings. Melissa maintains an upbeat spirit and attitude, along with her self-deprecating sense of humor. Of her memory issues she says, "I make Dory look GOOD!" Her hope is to once again enjoy walks on the beach with her husband, Mike, AND with a trusty Service Dog by her side.
This fundraiser is to assist Melissa with the significant cost of training a service dog to be her partner. She is already accepted into the program! Lucky Dog! (Pun intended) Melissa is very appreciative of the love & support she has already received from family & friends - especially her husband's ex-wife, Kim, a Puppy Raiser for Canine Support Teams and the one who encouraged her to apply. Your support of this special fundraising effort for a Service Dog for Melissa from Canine Support Teams would be a huge blessing. The goal is to reach $7,500. If contributions exceed this amount, they will help fund a Service Dog for another individual in need.