Lotus — Service

Location: Oceanside, California

I am a United States Marine Corps veteran and my time in the military left me with severe mental health disabilities and minor physical injuries to cope with on my own. If it weren’t for Lotus, I would not be where I am today. She has given me the ability to be independent from others to do things other people would consider “easy” such as routine outings, medical appointments, speaking to strangers, and not be afraid of being alone. Just the other night, I had one of the worst panic attacks of my life where I woke from a night terror screaming, convulsing, and vomiting in the middle of the night. I had no control over my body and I thought I was going to die, Lotus woke up, jumped on the bed, crawled on top of my body to prevent me from shaking and to calm me down without any command. She makes my life easier with little things such as retrieving dropped items, opening doors, reminding me to take a breath when she notices me being anxious. If I sniffle, cry, take deep signs, start hyperventilating, scratching, picking, shaking anxiously, flicking my nails, or any other anxious behaviors she’s been trained to notice, she knows exactly what to do. No matter what, she has my back 24/7 whether she’s asleep, playing, or working. I am not afraid what tomorrow brings me anymore with her by my side.