Who Uses Medical Marijuana? A Cancer Survivor’s Story
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 09/02/2010 in Medical Marijuana Patient Stories
In 2009, at the age of 39, Joe Destruction of Wisconsin was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the sub-mandibular gland (right-side salivary gland), which is a rare form of cancer. Lucky his cancer was detected early, because this particular cancer can be untreatable and fatal if not found early. After he underwent surgery, he was given two months of radiation treatments, which caused nausea, severe pain in the neck, throat and mouth, and made it extremely difficult to eat and swallow.
His doctors told him that he was given every kind of assistance possible in terms of medication. Yet nothing worked as well for him as medical marijuana. Here’s his story in his own words:
“During my radiation treatment my mouth and throat were so severely affected that I lived on soy milk and nutrition drinks. The only thing that really made a difference was cannabis, it helped with pain and appetite as well as helping me to sleep (as you know radiation makes you very worn out but I was still restless from pain in the beginning and it was often hard to sleep) and overall I felt much better than I had without cannabis. Of course with radiation it doesn’t just ‘go away’ when the treatment ends and the effects lasted for a number of months afterward. It was amazing that the effect that cannabis had made such a huge difference; the few times I didn’t have any were so markedly different that it proved to me, without question, that this was an effective and humane treatment that should not be denied to patients in need.
So, if anyone ever tries to tell me that there are alternatives to cannabis I can say with complete personal knowledge that I had tried everything medically (and legally) available and that cannabis was the one thing that really worked. I’m not saying that that’s the case with everyone, but even if it is only one person out of twenty they shouldn’t be denied this medicinal treatment.
It is inhumane for a society to deny people a valid medicine based on the lack of truthfulness in the media and medical community in terms of cannabis as a social intoxicant. It IS a valid medicine and should be treated as one.”