Every step throughout her day, from brushing her teeth to cooking dinner, Francie Floyd is protected by a 110-pound black German Shepard.
Heads turned as Floyd strolled the Meadowbrook Mall with her boyfriend, Matt Daugherty, on her left, and her dog, Segen, on her right.
The brown-eyed, nearly 4-year-old canine, Segen, is a service dog. His black harness with white lettering reads, “Service Dog — Seizure Alert.”
Since Floyd was an infant, she’s been having seizures. A high-grade fever when she was less than two months old triggered the first.
Medication controlled the seizures during her early childhood. But, as she grew older, her body grew increasingly tolerant.
“I call it the floppy fish dance,” she said with a smile as she described her most violent seizures. “You have to put humor into it. If you’re not laughing, you’re taking life too seriously. It can be soul-crushing, so I call myself a fish dancer.”
The Reynoldsville native has tried to take a light-hearted approach to her condition – left temporal lobe epilepsy – although she has between five and 10