My Cannabis Journey
In 2015, I tripped down a steep flight of stairs and severely injured my knee. I tore my ACL, MCL and meniscus – basically all the key components for a functioning knee. My orthopedic surgeon told me it was the most complex knee injury he had ever seen outside of a football field. “You completely blew out your knee,” he said.
For over a year, I had to use crutches and was limping due to the inflammation surrounding my injury. Over time, physical therapy and surgery helped with the mechanics of my knee, but I was experiencing a lack of mobility due to the chronic pain & inflammation caused by the bone-on-bone friction.
My life felt as though it was on hold. Before my injury, I was always on the go, from event to event, working and networking. In heels. Now, I had trouble walking long distances without assistance, and even driving was painful. I feared not being able to run after my little boy.
Although I truly felt grateful that I had access to great care and my injury wasn’t worse, I knew I had to do something to get my mobility back. It was a physical and mental challenge I faced every day.
After my surgery, I asked my doctor how long it would be before my knee was 100% again. He said there were only two ways to achieve this: reducing the inflammation and working to build up my strength.
Cannabis therapy was essential in my recovery. Not only did it ease my physical symptoms, it helped uplift my mood and reduce the anxiety my lack of mobility caused. I saw a noticeable improvement in my flexion and overall strength.
I continue to manage my pain and anxiety symptoms as a medical marijuana patient and advocate for other patients. It’s time we end the stigma associated with cannabis and lend our voices to call for more natural remedies such as medical marijuana.
No one should have to live with pain or any other ailment that impedes us from living our life to the fullest. It’s our responsibility to find what works best for us.