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For Suffering Cancer Patience Marijuana Is Not Laughing Matter Mr. President.

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canadiancancersocietyBukisa: Ms. Whiting told the House’s Public Safety Policy and Oversight Committee of her 26-year-old daughter Stephanie’s two-year battle with facial melanoma that surfaced during the young woman’s third pregnancy. The packed hearing room was dead quiet as Ms. Whiting spoke of Stephanie’s face being cut off “one inch at a time, until there was nothing left to cut.” She spoke of her daughter’s severe nausea, her “continuous and uncontrollable pain.”

Stephanie moved back to her family’s home and “bravely began to make plans for the ending of her life.” The tumors continued to grow, invading the inside and outside of her mouth, as well as her throat and chest. Nausea was a constant companion. Zofran and (significantly) Marinol, the synthetic pill version of THC, did nothing to abate the symptoms. Stephanie began wasting away. She lost all hope of relief.

Joni’s other children approached their mother, begged her to let their sister use marijuana. But Ms. Whiting, a Vietnam veteran whose youngest son recently returned from 18 months in Iraq, was a law-abiding woman. And she was afraid of the authorities. There was no way she would allow the illicit substance in her house. As she held her ground, her grownup kids removed Stephanie from the family home.

Three days later, wracked by guilt, Joni welcomed her daughter back. “I called a number of family members and friends…and asked if they knew of anywhere we could purchase marijuana. The next morning someone had placed a package of it on our doorstep. I have never known whom to thank for it but I remain grateful beyond belief.” The marijuana restored Stephanie’s appetite. It allowed her to eat three meals a day, and to keep the food down. She regained energy and, in the words of her mother, “looked better than I had seen her in months.”

Stephanie survived another 89 days, celebrating both Thanksgiving and Christmas with her family.

Shortly after the holidays, Stephanie’s pain became “so severe that when she asked my husband and me to lie down on both sides of her and hold her, she couldn’t stand the pain of us touching her body.”

Stephanie died on January 14, 2003 in the room she grew up in, holding her mother’s hand. A mother who, as she told the legislative committee, would “have no problem going to jail for acquiring medical marijuana for my suffering child.”

bspcommentI can not for the life of me understand where the President thought he was coming from when he made light comments marijuana.

What makes his comments even more unsettling is the fact that his own mother suffered terribly duing her remaining days from cancer yet President Unicorns and Rainbows laughed off the question without any discussion.

Normally, Mr. Obama takes time and replies with a well formulated and mature response to questions. It’s unfortunate the President thinks so little of cancer sufferers to even consider the benefits of even medical marijuana. Oh well, what do you expect from a President who goes on The Tonight Show and makes light of Special Olympians. (:

Mr. President. If you are not going to allocate sufficent funds to find real cures for these deseases that have palgued modern society for decades, at least have the decency to make whatever medicine that eases their pain available. Hope? Change?

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Written by mattliving

March 29, 2009 at 11:44 am

Posted in Freedom, Knowledge, Medicine

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