Chronic Illness Sufferers needed for Research Study. Thank you in advance.

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   Posted 9/14/2014 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Participants are needed for a study created by a Notre Dame de Namur Master's student investigating the effect of having a companion animal/pet on coping with a chronic illness. You do not need to own a pet to participate.

Are you between the ages of 18 and 64 years old?
Do you have a chronic illness AND have been diagnosed or suffering from it for 6 months or longer?

Participation is by volunteer basis only. No compensation will be provided. There will be no medical testing or examination required. It will consist of online surveys and it will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Participation and answers will remain confidential.

For any questions, please feel free to email

Thank you for your valuable time and participation.

Please copy and paste the link below to participate:

*This post has been approved by Peter Waite. This will be the second and final posting.*

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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 5/14/2015 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I can be of help here.

I have had chronic since I was born in 1985. I am almost thirty now. As a child, I was in and out of hospitals all the time, for gradual liver failure, and my parents were constantly given contradictory information on how to deal with it. When I was 12, my liver crashed completely, and I was in a near-death coma for a month during which I was transplanted. When I awoke, traumatized and shaken, I was in the hospital for another month, during which not one person came to talk to me about how I had experienced it.

A few years later I needed a kidney transplant, which was done and my trauma addressed very poorly yet again. Added to that my built-up hatred of medicine for being treated as a doctor's toy in childhood, that did not go well either. I had a few moderately good years in late high school and early college, but then I started suffering from another series of bodily pain, and more procedures. I had finally had enough, and I wanted this time to die. A few years ago, I rejected all medication in a final attempt to send a message that the psychological damage of being sick cannot be ignored.

Again I nearly did die, but on the last day my parents came to me and asked if I wanted to try and turn things around. I said I could try, and so I began a long, hard process of dialysis and listing for another kidney transplant. My family has now paid attention to the trauma done, and I am working closely with my Dad to recover my sanity. The doctors, however, have never learned, and they still believe that an ill person's psychological health is no issue.

I do in fact have a pet who is helping me every day, just by being my best friend. A black American Shorthair male cat named Blackberry. I would be willing to participate in your study. I will also send an email of this message to the address you listed.
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