Slowing the Progression of Huntington’s
Bob was diagnosed in with Huntington’s disease, a progressive disorder of the brain that inhibits patients physically, emotionally and socially.
A neurologist mentioned to Bob’s wife, Nila, that an assistance dog could help ease the physical and emotional pain of Bob’s illness. Bob received Canine Companions assistance dog Exeter free of charge in 2010.
Exeter is always there for Bob as his disease progresses; picking up the many things that Bob drops, turning out the lights or helping Bob get a soda from the fridge. The physical and emotional benefits Exeter has provided Bob has even slowed the progression of Huntington’s disease.
“Stress hastens the progression of Huntington’s disease, but knowing that Exeter will get the phone if Bob falls and letting the public know that he has a disability has reduced stress for Bob,” states Nila. “Both the doctors and I agree that Bob is doing as well as he is because of the presence of Exeter in his life.”Read Bob’s full story here.