Migraine Service Dog: Help Hannah

migraine alert dog

A migraine service dog is life-changing for Hannah Shelton. She is a girl who needs the assistance of a migraine service dog and needs help in the finances associated with it.

When I first started blogging I wanted a creative outlet that allowed me to tell my story. In order to better understand me, I hope I can teach, reach, and help others while sharing My Migraine Life.  It’s always been easier for me to give help than receive it. When I ran across the Shelton’s story, I jumped at the chance to spread the word about this family.  I relate to this family a lot and know that I am not the only one who will feel this way.

I am a lifetime migraine sufferer along with being a dog lover and a mother. If you’ve read my post about my dog you know that she is part of my treatment.  She is not a trained migraine therapy dog. Despite formal training, she understands the cues I give when I’m in migraine mode and supports me emotionally.  Hannah and her family are raising money to get a migraine service dog/medical alert dog.  Her dog will be trained to read her body chemistry so the dog can alert her that a migraine is going to spike.

Service Dog for Migraine

Migraine service dog

When Hannah’s migraine attacks spike, she loses feeling from her waist down causing her to fall.  Her falling is obviously very dangerous and frightening for everyone.  Her episodes last anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes and happen somewhere between 8 and 10 times a week.  Her migraine service dog tasks will help with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and alerting her to take medication and to get to a safe spot.

An alert dog will drastically change her life.   Hannah has suffered from headaches most of her short life but since 2014 she has been hospitalized and in an infusion center for weeks at a time.  Now her migraine attacks last more than 72 hours at a time and causes her to vomit violently.  They have yet to find an effective medication to control her attacks.

Hannah is 16 years old and on homebound schooling until the end of the school year.  When the doctor suggested that Hannah get a medical alert/ migraine service dog, Carol (her mother) set up a page to help pay for the dog, vet fees before getting the dog, and the travel and stay for the intense training.  Carol has a very close relationship with her daughter and naturally will do anything to stop her suffering. She started the GoFundMe in hopes to give her the better life that she deserves.

Please go to Help Hannah Get a Migraine Service Dog to donate and read more about Hannah’s story.  Even if you are unable to donate, it will be helpful to share the page or my post to spread the word of the Shelton family.  Your donation will help change a girl and her family’s life in endless ways!

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[UPDATE] on Hannah


Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. I'm a mom, wife, teacher, and chronic migraine sufferer. I tell my stories and advocate in my life searching for health in a positive honest way.

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