Chemo Patient Ends up in Tears After Visit From Emotional Support Golden Retriever

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In the good times and the bad, your dog is there for you. And when the going gets tough, a dog's happy face can really see you through. Sierra Stone is going through the unthinkable — a rare type of Non-Hodgkin's diagnosis, Primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL). But thankfully one of the hospital's emotional support dogs was there for her on a very hard day.

Sierra has been documenting her illness journey on her TikTok page. And that includes the day she got a chemotherapy treatment plan from her doctors.

In the video Sierra shared, it shows a Golden Retriever climbing onto the woman's hospital bed with her. Sierra broke down crying as she gave the support dog some pets. Dogs somehow always know what we need.

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"Had just found out my chemo treatment plan a few minutes before the therapy dogs made their rounds and Gracie just happened to also be my favorite breed, Golden Retriever! Made all my emotions surface!" she wrote in the caption.

Commenters loved seeing this bonding moment between the two. "I just realized this is the first time I see a therapy dog doing its job. Thank you for sharing such a vulnerable moment," wrote one person. "I love how they act like they’ve known you their entire lives even when they’ve never met you before. They have the purest souls," a second commenter added. "Gracie said let me get up here," chimed in another commenter. "Gracie knew you needed her. Dogs are the best!!" one person exclaimed.

What Are Emotional Support Dogs?

Dogs can be a huge source of support in any situation. Support dogs are just another way that pups can be there for us. Officially, support dogs have to be prescribed by a mental health professional and can be used for therapeutic services like easing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and certain phobias. They are different from service dogs, which go through special training so that they can perform tasks for individuals with disabilities.

Support dogs provide both mental and emotional encouragement to their owners. Studies have even shown that dogs can help humans produce neurotransmitters that make us happy (hello, dopamine). Dogs can make us feel higher levels of love, bonding, and pleasure.

More importantly, dogs can often help us stabilize big emotions. They're like stress busters for when we need them most. It's easy to see why hospitals would use emotional support dogs to help their patients. Gracie is probably really good at her job.

You can help Sierra's battle with Non-Hodgkin's PMBCL by donating to her GoFundMe page.

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