Fleur — Service

Sponsor: Lulu's Fund
Location: New Haven, Connecticut

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7, and have spent my life since then intensively managing my blood glucose (BG) levels. If my BG drops low, I’ll get shaky, dizzy, confused, or pass out. If my BG goes too high, I’ll feel groggy, nauseous, and dehydrated. It’s a fine balance of management that changes daily! By the time I turned 18 and started college, I lost my ability to feel my low BGs. This means that my BG would drop dangerously low before I even realized something was wrong. After some scary situations, I did some research and ended up being placed with Fleur, my diabetes alert dog. Fleur has blown me away since day one. We have been together for almost 6 years now, and she has kept me safe through the last 2 years of college, work, and now graduate nursing school. She gives me the freedom to focus on tasks at hand, without having to worry that my BG will drop low without me knowing. This has been quintessential in nursing school, as Fleur accompanied me to the unit floors, to class, and to outpatient clinical. It is a heavy burden to care for others whilst caring for yourself; as a nurse, I am taught that my patients are my top priority. My trust in Fleur allows me to forget about diabetes and focus my attention on my patients, while knowing that she has my back. Now, as I approach the transition to start work as a Nurse Practitioner, I feel 100% confident that Fleur will keep me safe as we blaze this new trail as a healthcare provider and her service dog.

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