Before You Are So Fast To Pass Judgment

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Oh, how wonderful it must be to act as judge and jury, questioning and criticizing the builder, the architect, the town, the business owner and his businesses practices and the customers of this clinic. Before you are so fast to pass judgment, please consider the following:

In 2005, I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Following my diagnosis and surgery, I began radiation (48 treatments), followed by several rounds of chemotherapy. Side effects included, but were not limited to: extreme nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, complete hair loss (which has never returned), loss of all of my teeth and toenails, weight loss of approximately 25 pounds and various and sundry other ailments. Because of my complete loss of appetite, periodic blood transfusions were also necessary. All of this while trying to earn a living, working 6 days a week. Then, I began chemotherapy treatments once again, this time weekly for one year (52 additional treatments, lasting 1-1/2 hours each) along with oral chemotherapy for the next 5 years. There were times that a small sip of water would send me into violent spasms of nausea and vomiting. The ONLY thing that helped me was marijuana. It helped my appetite, aided in restful sleep and calmed my nerves in a way no other medication I tried could.

Then last year, as I lay in the Emergency Department at PRMC, I was told that I was in liver failure, and would die without a transplant. This damage was due to my extreme chemotherapy as well as having malaria at a younger age. Not wanting to waste a perfectly good donor liver on an old women like me, I decided to do a little research on alternative medicines as treatment for liver failure. I started on another herb with medical approval because there was nothing else that could be done for me. As of this past week, my blood tests are now normal, and the CAT scan results showed no further damage to my liver. I'm still working 6 days a week.

Many, many people can benefit from the use of marijuana and wish to procure it legally. I have chosen not to do so at this time but I wouldn't hesitate to if and when my cancer returns. So, please lighten up a bit. Marijuana users are NOT all potential drug addicts or users. Some of us are just plain people, trying to earn a living while fighting for our lives, and marijuana makes that path a lot smoother.

p.s With the help of my health insurance, which I pay dearly for, many of my medical bills were covered. To this day, I send PRMC a monthly payment, and probably will until I die.

Patricia Johnson

Comments

Rex Hinshaw 1 year, 3 months ago

Pat, Thank you so much for sharing. You and I have been friends for a long time. I have always thought you were a strong person...I had NO idea. Given what my wife is going through now, I am in awe of your will to live.... I admire you . Keep up the good fight....and maybe you could encourage Karen.

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