How much has your narcolepsy service animal helped you? #Narcolepsy #Cataplexy #ServiceAnimals
Does anyone out there have a service animal for narcolepsy, with or without cataplexy, and how have they helped you?
I was diagnosed with narcolepsy 3 days ago, after dealing with the symptoms for 30 years. I want to have my dog, who is already smart, loving, protective, and obedient, trained and certified as my service animal. The thought of having him as my constant companion and not being afraid of having cataplexy alone in public has really been the only silver lining for me this week. However, my husband’s view is that I have gotten by without a service dog so far, so why do I need one now?
How has your service animal helped you, and how can I explain to him that it’s not about “getting by” anymore - it is about managing this disease to the full extent that I can, to finally be free to live my best full life?