Here’s another testimonial from an Iowan who wishes to remain anonymous. Follow WeedPress on Facebook. If you’d like your story heard by legislators this next session, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to me on the Iowa Patients for Medical Marijuana Facebook page. You can remain anonymous if you’d like. I’ll publish your story here on WeedPress and make sure politicians see it next year.
“My aunt suffers from severe pain as a result of multiple rounds of chemotherapy to treat 3 different cancers she was diagnosed with. Today she is in remission, but her quality of life is poor, with her pain leaving her unable to care for her two young children. I grew up watching her get worse and worse, and doctors tell her that until medical marijuana is a treatment option, there is simply “nothing else they can do” but treat her with medications so mind-altering she is unable to go to work.
My best friend’s 2 year old is in month 8 of severe epilepsy, and has been given every medication that is “less likely” to cause liver and kidney damage in a small child. None of them work. He is too little to be a candidate for brain surgery because they can’t determine if his seizures are starting in one lobe or two, because his brain is so tiny. Their only option now is to implant a device that causes more negative side effects, and only has a 50% success rate. The definition if “success” is unknown in this case. 10% reduction in seizures? 50%? They cannot wait to decide on treatment because my friend’s little boy has seizures that last so long that he could die from them. If medical cannabis were on option for either of these people so dear to me, it could very well increase the quality of both of their lives, without the harmful side effects that options present. Please carefully consider, and thoroughly research, the proven benefits of medical cannabis and support those I love.”