Last Monday I guess I finally had the straw that broke this camels back.
I went for a test, one I had hoped and prayed would help Dr.s see what is finally going on in my head. It was not a pleasant experience to say the least. I left feeling defeated, degraded and ashamed at myself. I had questioned the test as I understood I was to have something different, I was told over and over I was wrong. I can tell you that for the first time in my life I truly felt like a piece of meat. Once home I called and confirmed I was to have a different test. Then I got a bit of 'Blah blah blah...' - and it did not make anything any better only worse. I then think I had a bit of a breakdown. I cried off and on for two days. I needed to get away.
I am blessed with a long time friend who when I asked if I could use his cottage, he offered me his home instead as no one is in it at the moment. I house sat.
I was nice to sit here too as he is a special friend - he has kept me sane these past years with paper alone!! He has supported my cartooning since day one. I could not have done it without him, well... perhaps, we find ways. His friendship for over 20+ years has always been a treasure. He knows it. LOL
To say I was 'roughing it' would be a lie. Central vac, hot tub... amazing privacy & deer!
A Sasquach!? Fire, snuggling with Poppy on my lap CD's ( o.k. - he does need to upgrade his variety!!! lol
Darkness and quite like I have not witnessed in a long time, talk about sooth the soul!
I think I made a new friend to boot! We shall see. Everything happens for a reason ;) .
I have taken photos, walked, explored a little but mostly, I have slept and drawn for 6 days and feel rested. With only Poppy for a companion we have had some fun! Today she lost a tooth. I have to admit both, too afraid to venture out after dark - she has been an awesome little pup in every way I can think of - oh well except for her obsession with the door stopper - Boooiiinnnggg, Booooiiinnnggg, Boiiinnngg!! LOL So happy she just discovered it and not when we arrived.
As much as I needed to get away, I need to return to my family -who is missing me and visa versa.
Blog and new TOONS!!! I am amazed at what I drew while away, I listened to what I thought I should draw about and I was never let down. It was not always about cannabis. It is always about humans. HIV, Future of Health Canada, A political statement that I know many of us all feel right now, a special toon with my son, and some Poppy - because - I still have a every day life...
I AM ready to continue.
Next Blog Sunday!
More on the Health Canada mail. Not only did they make everyone a target by mailing out letters stating on the outside of the envelope you are a recipient of the Marihuana Medical ACCESS Program
- it just got more insane from there.
THIS REALLY made me my hair hackle...
Health Canada states that all medicine must be destroyed as of March 31, 2014.
This means Not only are people NOT permitted to grow their own any longer, nor are they permitted to have a D.G. (Designated grower ) AND NOW IF they have ANY medicine in their possession as of March 31,2014 they will be considered criminals and can be charged!
WAIT - there’s more! -
YOU MUST DESTROY all YOUR MEDICINE by March 31,2014 Or ELSE!
GET THIS - the only example they can think of to suggest at this time is to:
Mix it with water and add it to the kitty litter and throw it out!!!
OR Call your local friendly police station and ask for assistance.
OMGOSH! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!
FU*K - I was mad when I read that. At first my brain could NOT register - I swear - I thought THIS HAS to be a joke!? DESTROY OUR MEDICINE!?
OUR medicine that is saving my sons life!? TAMES my twitch and gives me a BIT of a break! Helps me eat!? Helps Storm function? OUR MEDICINE - OUR Dr. Prescribed!?
AND the only example you can give us instantly makes one think of cat shit!?!
REALLY - I am sure that was intentional and it is appalling!! It is adding insult to injury.
I read it at night before I went to bed, my twitch was full force. The next morning Storm came up to my office, (I was on the computer) I decided NOT to start the day off with talking about it so I kept quiet. He was looking out my office window and he said
“Do you know how I feel that my medicine that helps me have any quality of life is comparable to cat shit in the the eyes of my government?”
AGAIN- HOW DARE YOU!!! NOW you degrade all of us! Turn us into criminals and associate our medicine with cat shit. Yes you did! I’m NOT the only one that has come to this conclusion. YOU OWE EVERY patient on the program an apology! AND our families and our friends!!
Call a police office - yes, sure. SORRY - with stories we see on Youtube, cops beating people for no reason (Barrie). Oh sure, that is my first thought - hmm call the police to help me destroy my marihuana.. duh... Wow, that will be interesting. COME ON!!!
NOW it is CLEAR Health Canada ASSumes everyone they provided a Medical license to grow or use CANNABIS is a criminal. I have friends now that are panicking about running out of meds! You bet people tried to stock up! I HOPE THEY DID!!!
*If someone has a few ‘hundred pounds’. There’s something else going on..
Leave the serious patients alone! Police already have a good idea of who is who,
yet we all pay the punishment. FUCK THAT.
TRY to destroy my son’s medicine. THAT YOU DID NOT PROVIDE.
Guess what? MORE on this ‘Joke‘ tomorrow.
PLEASE share - IF it was your child YOU WOULD! PRAY you are never in our situation.
Tell any mom who’s child is being helped by Cannabis to DESTROY IT!
Watch what happens. Then tell them to think of it like catshit..
;(. I can't believe this is our country. As the rest of the world legalize
What Am I?
I am sick and tired of Health Canada and Steven Harper saying everyone they
provided licenses to are CRIMINALS.
WHY now? After providing thousands with permission to grow for years?
Because they REALIZE that YES indeed Cannabis will become a BILLION dollar industry and they can make $$$. LOT's of MONEY.
Who cares about the Health in Health Canada?
It is ONLY about money... for them.
For US it is about a life saving medicine that has changed our lives for the better!
ONE that WE were prescribed by a Dr. (not paid for) & granted permission from Health Canada to have a Designated Grower and provide Storm with his own medicine.
YES WE have invested MUCH. Blood , sweat & tears and $$$.
You would too if your only son was suffering from a terminal to progressive, no treatment no cure, chronic pain disease! We are after 7 years finally just now making up for all of it and providing for Storm and myself perfectly.
NOW Health Canada expects us to stop providing for ourselves - as we have for the past 7 years. We are expected to stop and start paying for cannabis -* the amount Storm would need, according to Health Canada's prediction of prices would be:
10 grams / day @ $5 = $18,200.00/year
@$3 = $10,920.00/year
@ $7 / gram = $25,480.00 < what H.C. suggests.
ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME? - people wonder why I swear. ;)
We can not afford it. Could you?
For something our DG is now producing for pennies?
I think NOT.
Simply because they ASSume, we are all criminals?
I know what I am and it is NOT a criminal.
All cops are Pigs.
All fat people are lazy.
All blonds are dumb.
All priests are pedophiles.
All muslims are terrorists.
All women are easy.
All men are assholes.
All politicians are criminals .. (hmmmmmmmm - verdict not yet in on this one.)
^ALL WRONG! ^ All negative, uneducated stigmas/stereo types.
This is no exception. It is wrong.
Criminals? Gardeners!? That is what they are!
GROWING A PLANT. A human right.
How we have survived - forever.
Who are you?!
I hope I have inspired more to do the same or at least THINK about it. We are powerful. We are Not criminals and we deserve the right to provide for ourselves as we have been for years. < Thanks to Health Canada.
Never mind tales of fright and woe... research recalled medications and you will be frightened I guarantee you!
Research it! IF YOU DARE!!!!
There is a safer alternative. Knowledge is power.
If you ask any loving parent, would you let your child become a human Guinea pig?
"GASP" !? NO!!! Would be the response.
With each purchase you are making a decision and you are 'being the CHANGE'.
If you buy it, you support it - simple. What are you teaching your children every time you buy them something? Do you read labels for GMO products? Paying attention to the amount of sugar they get daily?
We are not even close to understanding the full extent of GMO's and what the long term effect will be on our health and our children's. Why take any chances?
We need to seriously think 'long term health' when it comes to our children, they deserve it. So do we. So we can all live long and happy lives free from a third
I am starting to have issues with ‘anger/frustration’ when I read about the number of people dying from prescribed medications and still constantly read about or hear of Dr.s that won’t even consider cannabis for patients
Do NO harm.
What is going on with the pill pushing world and why are we ALLOWING it to happen? Lack of EDUCATION.
I read an article where parents were ‘not as concerned when their child was caught with a prescription drug - over being caught with cannabis', thinking - ASSuming it must be safer - it’s prescribed by a Dr.
The saddest thing about all of this is many find out far too late into he game exactly how bad prescriptions drugs can be, either by dealing with a side effect that is worse that the initial diagnoses or even worse when they are putting a loved one in the ground and then RESEARCH the medication they were on..
Why wait > READ the labels.
• Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69
***Again, these drug-induced fatalities are not being driven by illegal street drugs; the analysis found that the most commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
It is time.
TIME to DEMAND a safer alternative. Dr.s MUST get with the times and prescribe safer alternatives or I think they will have to start to take more responsibility for patients who die or become addicted to serious narcotics. If they can hand out prescribed medications knowing the implications..
The fact are AVAILABLE yet many still TRY to say there is not enough research surrounding Cannabis - BULL
There is MORE than enough research with prescribed medications to convince me (and millions around the world.of the opposite!) Please educate your Dr. http://www.alternet.org/story/147318/100,000_americans_die_each_year_from_prescription_drugs,_while_pharma_companies_get_rich http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/26/prescription-drugs-number-one-cause-preventable-death-in-us.aspx http://www.naturalnews.com/039958_prescription_drugs_side_effects_dangers.html
^^^ read! 6 dangerous prescription drugs YOU should think twice before taking!
Google Death caused by prescription drugs. Prove me wrong ;-)
Is Florida next? Not too long ago I ws reading about them banning bongs. How crazy is that. I know people who make bongs out of apples, I bet Florida oranges too ;)I LOVE FLORIDA, as a matter of fact I was considering a visit, but with them being so behind with medical Cannabis I decided not. I went several times growing up. Yes, I did the ‘Daytona thing’ in my day... not quite like it is being depicted in todays movies! Yikes!
I am also aware of the number of ‘snow birds’, seniors and hope they will be some of the first to be educated on Cannabis. Our elderly take far too many prescription drugs, many killing them because of mixing and over dose. Cannabis is a safer alternative!
I’m tired of saying it and luckily with other admitting the knowledge - well AMEN!
It is only a matter of time. Will Florida be NEXT YEP! I believe so!
If you want to read more abut Cannabis and Florida, simply Google
Cannabis, Florida, medical marijuana.
It is TIME people started to read and research for themselves. Make their own conclusions. I am confident once they start to educate themselves the answers are obvious. http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/should-medical-marijuana-be-legalized-florida/nYtzS/
**********BIG news is Dr. Gupta! ****************************************** http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana http://www.politicususa.com/2013/08/08/cnns-dr-sanjay-gupta-apologizes-opposed-medical-marijuana.html
Has admitted he was WRONG about Medical Marijuana - Cannabis.
WOW! Finally. AMEN! Another respected Dr. has come out of the Cannabis closet.
All I can say Is WHO is NEXT!?
I see an end to this insanity! I hope HARPER is paying attention. I ‘Duh’, doubt it.
Once again we are going ASS backwards.
Harper >>> Pot = Private Prisons People!! $$$
Obama needs to get his act together too and STOP raiding compassion clubs.
STOP hurting the sick.
STOP putting NON violent offender in jail!
This toon was an idea from my friend John, I wanted to Draw Florida gators! LOL
After all I think I am entitled to fun! ;D He sent me several ideas , I have another ‘Im drawing also. The first, I left on the ‘girls’ window seat, came back to a page covered in Paw Prints! My bad.
I have decided to GIVE this cartoon to someone in Florida! ;) A FB share.
I had so much fun drawing it, many fond memories of me and ‘John Green.’
Hee hee hee... *flashback* He worked at the Pirate’s Cove in Daytona. Front desk. I had not even arrived to the room after check in and was asked out on a date. He even took me home to meet his parents. It was a most memorable 3 weeks. ❤
A Florida first sweetheart. I wonder what ever happened to him.
To win this toon has to be shared by someone in FLORIDA
Simple. I will give it a week from today and draw. FB - Georgia Toons
I am at my friends limit, if you subscribe I believe you can share that way.
Good LUCK! Florida will be next and then Canada! Think Positive!
I've been a little 'quiet'. Not from lack of anything to say - LOL
I am learning how to live a new life... accepting that this is how it is and what am I going to do about it.
I had a visit with a Dr. and he said you must feel like the medical profession has let Storm and you down...
Storm was diagnosed: Progressiove to terminal with no treatment or cure. Thank God for his cannabis which keeps him active, functioning and enjoying life to the fullest while living with chronic pain.
Now, the only suggestion I get is for medications. Which I am not o.k. with. Particularly seizure medication. Have you read the side effects? They are not confirming it IS seizures - so NO. That being said, Botox is worn off I believe and I am living a different life.
One that I don't have so much control over. Somedays I am up at 4, waken up by my twitch so powerful I swear I feel my head rocking on the pillow - those days I pretty much write off. I do what ever I can when I can.
I am THRILLED and thank God and the surgeon every day - I don't seem to be having the doozies - well a couple, BUT not nearly as often or as powerful. The problem is the twitch (which again has been explained it is not a twitch pulling, but electrical impulses going off) it pretty much NON stop all day all the time with breaks in between of only minutes. It is exhausting. By 5 p.m. I hardly want to do anything. My head pounding from constant movement as the night wears on I look forward to going to bed. Daily naps at about 2 are also NEEDED - I'm not fond of napping. I am looking forward to the puppy! It plays for about 20 mins. and then needs to sleep. I have the dogs trained when I nap - so do they.
Or else I'd get no rest. I think they look forward to it now as much as I do. LOL
He (dr.) also asked are you depressed?
I thought about it for a second (I have been depressed before) and replied
"no, not depressed... completely fucking overwhelmed at times, yes."
He understood that.
So with deciding no surgery- no medicine they don't really know what else to do.
I'm o.k. with that. I need a break from all of it. That being said I never really do get a break. I am constantly reminded with each interruption, some painful and always annoying, that this is how it is. Like it or not.
The twitch triggered by talking. I swear on a bad day it is triggered by breathing.
So I noticed as have my family I am getting quiet. I find it ironic that my phone has not been working and decided not to care too much. Less triggers. If anyone really wants to get a hold of me they know to e mail. I am doing much thinking, of course, especially with the approaching changes and much drawing but I am TAKING it easy.
Putting me and my guys and our 'family' first.
The awesome thing about the twitch...
My appreciation, realization and determination to enjoy every day I am blessed with.
I would not say the medical profession has let us down. Stuff happens.
They tried and continue to try. I have been blessed with awesome Dr.s, all of them.
But at some point you just have to step back and say... It is what it is.
I may be a little more quiet but not for long... it does not mean I'm not thinking or drawing. ;-)
With the new expected changes Health Canada will be out of the picture. A 'cop out' since they f*cked up and now instead of correcting and helping Canadians, what do they do? They pull out. WOW.
Dr.s agree, what they are doing is shameful. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/07/medical-marijuana-laws-canada_n_2258335.html
*Right now, family physicians give the okay for a patient to use medical marijuana and Health Canada approves the final application.Under the new system, doctors would simply write a prescription and the patient would send that to a commercial grower.
"The buck stops completely with the physician now," said Anna Reid, president of the Canadian Medical Association and an emergency room doctor.
Reid said the problem is that while doctors have a lot of information on prescription drugs, most have very little information on the benefits and effects of marijuana.
My own Dr. commented he thinks 'it's a good thing' when we first heard of it, that was before we also heard that people will no longer to be able to grow their own medicine.
I posted yesterday in my frustrations with all of this and said simply said Leona you say changes... and I say Fuck you." More or less. Some might think that harsh, even 'disrespectful'. You want to hear harsh?
STILL to date I have asked people, and they are still giving out licenses for people to grow their own medicine! False hope.
Setting them up for JAIL! Welcome new private prison - thank you Steven Harper.
They claim it will save tax payers 1000's! For what I'd like to know!
Don't forget we have been a part of this program FIRST HAND.
All we ever got was ONE laminated card, a few pieces of paper that were always late and accompanied with stress while we waited for them, crappy photo copied instructions - if you can call them that.
No one that I was aware of purchased the meds. due to terrible quality. So what did they spend money on? LOL - WELL we all know that could be just about anything don't we...
Our pleas are ignored. No one had ever contacted me and I have called and sent e mails as well as post on FB pages. The Canadian Government is showing Canadian patients using the medical cannabis program NO respect what so ever and I am done showing them any respect in turn. To who - Steven Harper!?? Ha! Didn't we just prove he was elected
As for Leona Im starting to fee like a minority being ignored.
How about you? Thats a FEW other toons..
BUT it is time for Dr.s to start to understand, WE have the right to a safer, less toxic pain alternative to Pain, nausea and NUMEROUS other ailments. IT should be our RIGHT to make the choice between a healther alternative!
Dr.s are NOT stupid and they also can no longer deny the positive benefits as cannabis as a medicine. THEY work for us! DEMAND it. PROOF - stop it! WE have proof! Proof it does not kill for one!
So Dr.s it's time to quit with the excuses, EDUCATE yourself on Cannabis as you would any other medication. AND change with the times. WE the people demand it and have every right to be healthy and happy. FIRST DO NO HARM!
What Dr. in all good faith in this day of education would be 'fine' prescribing OXY for a patient - PROVEN highly additive and deadly over Cannabis?
Not an honest one IMO.
There's the proof.
That being said - Go to your Dr.s apt educated! Bring them proof.
Do not demand, ask and show your Dr. the respect they deserve and in return you deserve to be treated with, and DON'T lie to them. You only hurt yourself. I do feel there are many Dr.s out there that are being informed and are out to help rather than hurt! <3
The times are changing - we can't expect them over night.
EVEN Dr.s also admit to the benefits of gardening.
Today is a new day.
I was gifted Friday a book, and read it already. I loved it. Although, I do feel the he, E. Alexander M.D. forgot about us 'not so medically inclined', I was dumb struck a few times. LOL
Hey, we can't all be brain surgeons.
I was hesitant to read it because of the brain issues (frightened, a better word) but glad I did. My faith is strong and I already believe in heaven. I believe there is more to us than this. We are all better than this <3. I BELIEVE in GOOD and God.
In a world full of temptation/lies/greed/pain it is hard to focus always on the good.
I too know that pain and fear bring out the worst in people and I am NO exception.
I am thankful for those around me that love me enough to remember that. ;)
Still, a few times "Proof Of Heaven!
" hit too close to home.
Thinking of it now I tear up. <3 that poem.
He says he is meant to write that book and I feel I was meant to read it.
That is what it is all about. Helping each other.
I am glad I read it, not for proof of heaven but reminder that we are all ONE.
ONE LOVE ❤
It inspired the toon! At first I was just going to draw pills and cannabis, and then I was poked in the head to be reminded of the Bigger picture!!! :)
I am pulling back, looking in praying/meditation and DRAWING. Amen!
Enjoying my newly painted & clean (LOL - how long it will stay that way, time will tell.) kitchen - I have sunshine indoors all the time! I LOVE IT! That and my guys and girls...
Good Vibes always appreciated!
xox <>< !!!