By the time I walked back to my porch from trying cannabis, everything I had been experiencing for the past 10yrs and last 4 days was GONE! I felt like I did 15 years ago, with tears running down my face I said to them I feel like I could run!
Hello my name is Tonya Sanders and I am 37-years old. I have been sick on and off since middle school, but about 10 yrs ago I was diagnosed with advanced lupus, fibromyalgia, and a million other things…let’s just say we’ve been through ALOT in these past 10 years.
Here are just some of health things I went through: stroke, heart and liver problems, bacterial meningitis 2 times, coma, pain pumps, abscess, systemic fungal infections, sepsis, peg tubes, ports, PICC lines, blood transfusions, multiple surgeries, 100s of infections, in and out of hospital every month.
Then one day I had an appointment with pain management and they told me they were going to cut my pain medication back because of opioid crisis going on!!!! I looked at them like they were crazy!! I’m a nurse and have never, ever abused or taken more of anything than I should!!!
So, then I said to myself, “I have been laying here dying on my couch for 10 years unable to take care of myself, my 2 girls and husband, and now this.” I asked them what I was supposed to do. They stated there was nothing else they could do, but to lower all medication dosages to start the weening off process. I was so hurt, confused, angry, and now they’ve given up on me to!!
So, when I got to the car, I tore up all prescriptions. What in the hell was I supposed to do? I mean I was taking at least 20 pills just in the morning alone plus changing a Fentanyl patch every 3 days and dilaudid every 4 hrs around the clock, muscle relaxers, injections at home, IV antibiotics24/7 at home, antipsychotics, plus I took oral chemo for a year and IV chemo for 6 months.
The next day I started withdrawing BAD.
Started off with nausea, then came horrific pain, anxiety, vomiting, suicidal ideation, skin crawling, unable to wear clothes, yawning, no sleep, flopping around like a fish out of water, climbing the walls basically. I tried to tough it out for 3 more days, my husband and I couldn’t do it anymore…
We had been researching medical cannabis prior to them wanting to decrease medication, but I had never tried it because I was so scared. I called a friend and had them bring over some medical cannabis. By the time I walked back to my porch from trying it, everything I had been experiencing for the past 10yrs and last 4 days was GONE!!!!!! I felt like I did 15 years ago with tears running down my face I said to them I feel like I could run!!!
Ever since that day my whole life has changed I can eat on my own, nausea is gone, pain is almost gone, I can walk (and not have to crawl), anxiety and depression gone, I can sleep and the list goes on and on!! No hospital stays either!!!! Sure I have bad days but everyone does!! This has been my MIRACLE!! My kids have their mom back, my youngest has never got to know the old me and now she can!!!! I can be a wife to my AMAZING husband, and make amazing memories with my family and friends!! Plus I’m down to just 2 medicines for my lupus and that is it!!!! Also, my rheumatologist just told me that my lupus is in REMISSION!!!!!
I know for a fact that this plant saved my life and it is my mission now in life to help educate and spread awareness about this miracle plant!!!!!! Please let cannabis be a patient’s first choice instead of last.
Thank you for taking time to read and hope my story can help others!!!!