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From Bullied to Beauty

From Bullied to Beauty

I was bullied from a very young age. On top of that, everything I tried out for, I was told I wasn’t good enough. I had one happy place-theatre! My symptoms began in August 2017-I had nightmares that theatre would exclude me as well. Then September 1, 2017, those...

Super Hero

Super Hero

When I first met Duke Samson I didn’t really know what it meant to have a service dog or how much it would revolutionize my life. The first few months we worked out the kinks of working together. Duke learned my idiosyncrasies and before I knew it we were working...

Long Road to Rare

Long Road to Rare

I have had issues since I was a child. I was sick often. As I got older and went to the doctor by myself, I was called a liar. Nurses refused to believe I had a sinus infection once a month; that I had a respiratory infection every few months. Then one year I had an...

Non-Christmasy card ideas

Non-Christmasy card ideas

As we prepare for our big Christmas in July celebration, we realize that not everyone celebrates Christmas - or is comfortable sending a Christmas-themed card. So, we've put together a few ideas for cards you can create. Not crafty? No worries! There's no pressure...

Fate’s Blessing

Fate’s Blessing

It is fate that Blaine and I are together. I did not get Blaine in a conventional way. I posted on a service dog support page asking how people picked their dog breed and a woman reached out to me about it. Turned out that she was a breeder about 3 hours from me and...

Fun Facts: the CWC

Fun Facts: the CWC

We call them our DID YOU KNOW facts... Facts about the CWC & Card Swap The Chronic Warrior Collective offers lots of ways to connect to other chronic illness warriors (parent co.)Our baby phoenix mascot was created by Katrina of Kicking ConesWe have Warrior...

Intuitive Gift

Intuitive Gift

Hi, my name is Nikolaj and my human is Aubrey. I am a self-taught emotional support dog. 😄 I don't have any formal training, but I have an intuition that my human's family describes as uncanny. For example, I can sense when my human's vitals are spiking and she's...

Not Your Typical Therapist!

Not Your Typical Therapist!

It all started when my human's physical therapist suggested ponies for therapy! My human has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that affects her whole body by making it really loosey-goosey! My human is also really tired some days. In October, my...

The Boy Who Loves Love

The Boy Who Loves Love

When I was twelve weeks old, I flew across the country to meet my forever human. Her name was Amelia and though she had sisters, SHE was mine from the start! I was originally brought in to help with PTSD after the tragic loss of her father, but little did I know that...

The Long Road

The Long Road

It was Christmas 1999 when I got bitten by a cat, by January 2000, everything started, the joint pains, the persistent fever, and the swollen lymph glands. Orlando has no pediatric rheumatologists so absolutely nobody had the slightest clue what might be happening to...

How to write your Support Dog/Animal Story 🐕‍🦺

How to write your Support Dog/Animal Story 🐕‍🦺

Hello Support Animal + your human, We’re delighted to have you share your story! Because it is Your Story, there are no right or wrong answers here and you may find that not all questions apply to you. If that’s the case, simply leave them blank. We encourage you to...

Don’t give up

Don’t give up

Prior to becoming unwell in 2004 I was healthy, fit, full of beans and studying Outdoor Education at University with the career ambition to become an adventure therapist (working with young people in an outdoor environment to help support them through difficult times...

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