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Medical Cannabis & Muscle Spasms: Pete's Story

Growing up, Pete LePage was always on the go; he started downhill ski racing as a five-year-old and continued competing through high school. The outdoor enthusiast lost his mobility in a 3-wheeler crash accident at age 21, yet Pete still skis (as a mono-skier), travels, leads a boy scout troop and works on over-the-road trucks as a mechanic – making the most out of every day he can.

Pete’s busy schedule means managing the symptoms related to his spinal cord injury need to be effective. “I’ve had Botox, phenol injections, massages, and acupuncture,” Pete recalls, “They all help out, but not with the same long lasting effects as cannabis.” The list of medications in addition to the therapies had side effects that outweighed the benefits the medicine was supposed to provide.

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Medical Cannabis & Glaucoma: Erin's Story

After suffering a significant traumatic brain injury, Erin Delaney was diagnosed with Multiple Mechanism Glaucoma, a type of optic nerve damage with several difficult factors that make it hard to treat. With the help of her glaucoma specialist, she has explored every avenue to manage her condition’s symptoms.

Like many people managing chronic conditions, Erin’s medication list grew considerably over the years – from the prescriptions to treat her glaucoma to the medications intended to mitigate some of the side effects of her glaucoma meds, and so on. At one point Erin thought to herself, “I’m too young to be on so many pills.”

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Medical Cannabis & Cancer: Tom's Story

Shortly after Tom retired in September 2015, he discovered he had skin cancer. He immediately underwent a procedure to remove two areas, one on the side of his head and the other on his cheek. Things went well for several months, but started to take a turn for the worst in the spring of 2016. Come July, after experiencing extreme fatigue, nausea, and a severe lack of appetite for several months, Tom was diagnosed with John Hodgkins Lymphoma and was informed that his right lung was filled with fluid. Tom underwent a procedure to remove the fluid and then pursued a vigorous health plan to regain his health.

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Medical Cannabis & Terminal Illness: Patrick's Story

Patrick Harder of Longville, Minnesota passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016. He was surrounded by his wife and family in the comfort of his home. “He passed beautifully. He passed the way he wanted. He got his wishes, he got his miracle. I thank you guys so much for taking his pain away. I can’t tell you the relief he got…it’s huge,” Patti, his wife, reflects.

Patrick was the kind of person who didn’t have a mean bone in his body, according to his wife. He liked everyone and the only trouble he had ever gotten into was in the form of a few speeding tickets, she jokes. “He taught me patience,” Patti says, “This man was the most patient man I knew. Quiet. Gentle. Kind. Everything.”

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Medical Cannabis & Multiple Sclerosis: Erin's Story

During one of her darkest periods, Erin, a St. Cloud resident, recalls thinking, “How can anything possibly come back to me when everything is gone—nothing is working? My bladder is not working. My voice is not working. I can’t see. I can’t even hold a fork. How is this possible that things can come back?”

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Medical Cannabis, Seizures, & Autism: Julian's Story

Julian’s mother, Victoria, didn’t think his condition could get any worse, until one day it did. Rather than inflicting harm on others, he turned to harming himself; a mother’s worst nightmare. It started with hitting himself in the head and kneeing himself in the teeth. Then, in October 2016, Julian was hospitalized after nearly beating himself to death. He was admitted with two black eyes, a fractured skull, and hematomas on his head. The doctors – as many others had done for the entirety of Julian’s life – attributed his actions to a behavioral issue and advised to treat accordingly, but his mother knew that wasn’t the problem.

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