Here’s the bottom line: I have a severe Panic Disorder, and I need a therapy animal, in this case, a cat.
A little background:
I’ve had a Panic Disorder since I was 10. I was out of school for 6 months because I couldn’t leave my bedroom without having an attack and passing out.
After a lot of drugs and therapy, I was able to go to school again. Slowly. I would go for one hour one day, two hours the next day, etc. until I was back to full time.
And then there were no issues. Of course, the occasional panic attack would hit, but nothing nearly as severe as it was.
A few weeks ago, they came back. Worse than I’ve ever had them. I couldn’t keep food down. Every attack ended with me vomiting in my bathroom until I passed out on the floor. I would black out, and find myself outside sitting in the snow, completely paralyzed with fear.
I tried to go back to work after the first night. I broke down in tears after almost passing out on the way to the bathroom. My mom came and picked me up, and while we went through doctors appointments, hospital visits, and multiple tests, I stayed with them.
My family has three dogs and cats. One of them is my baby, Oreo. She’s pictured above. They saved me during the week I was out of work and with my family.
I’ve gotten on new medications. I’m home now. But the attacks are still here, and they’re scaring me. Even Xanax doesn’t help sometimes.
I talked to my doctor and she suggested getting a cat, or bringing my cat home with me, to help with the attacks.
Here lies the problem.
The pet deposit at my apartment complex is $300. I would also need to have money to buy things for her (food, flea stuff, litter box, etc.) which is why the amount is $400 instead of just the $300.
After all my medical bills, and missing a week of work, I cannot afford this. I won’t be able to for months. I had to take out loans to help pay my rent and utilities, and I’ll now be paying those off for the next few months.
Please, anything you can offer to help would be amazing. Please, help me get better.