I was recently asked again to do an interview, I don't mind newspaper interviews but video and radio .. I am self conscious about my facial twitch - but more so for what ever reason I still choke up when I talk about Storms pain so I am reluctant to be a babbling baby when talking about something that is so important. I've done 2 interviews now and my friends are right it gets easier. My first interview was with my friend Amy, seen on her www: http://www.amyanonymous.ca/my-blog--videos.html I was not nervous as I know & like Amy and it was just like having a chat. The second interview, Serra Franks Of Moms for Marijuana http://www.momsformarijuana.com/ - a friend I've had now online for a while asked me. She does a radio show called A Different View, done with NORML in The United States. At first I was reluctant - but then she told me I would share the time with Casy's & Alex's dad (links on my Cannabis Research page of other children who are using Medicinal Cannabis). I had been in contact with both dads before this and was well aware of who they were - So I felt honored. I said yes. I was nervous for a few reasons, it's very laid back so no prepared questions, It was via SKYPE and I'm not familiar with Skype yet - only my second call & it was my first radio interview- turns out they were running late - to keep from being nervous I read some e mail. One was about Steve Jobs and I read:
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
Reading that minutes before was soothing. I soon stopped being nervous and realized this is a chance to change minds. A chance to educate others about how important Cannabis is as a medicine. I followed my heart.
I was asked in the interview - how do I feel about what other people think - I don't remember my exact words but the idea was -I don't care what people think - we as parents have no time to care what people "think". Walk in our shoes for just a few hours, feel the emotions we have, share the worries we have, watch your child suffer, think about your child dying - educate yourself on prescribed medications and the harm they can do to your children and then.. educate yourself of Cannabis & then share your opinion.
No one likes to think about death but I have to say that this past year especially - the pain I have been experiencing in my head has caused me to do such thinking. I am doing what is most important to me, everything happens for a reason and as crazy (overwhelming) as it all seems somedays- it continues to fall into place. I am ( like it or not) exactly where He wants me to be. So I think it does get easier, easier because I believe in what I am doing and want to HELP other parents. Other people. The link to hear the show "a different view"
- it was pre-recorded to be played halloween night!
*As the interview was taking place Cash's dad was driving to the hospital.. he did confirm that Cash's tumor has returned. The LAST thing they (any of us) should have to worry about as parents is a PLANT. A plant that helps ease our child's pain and suffering.
The interview went well, both dads said a few things that will give others something to think about. I am so happy that we are talking about it.. and more and more parents are listening.
Please send your prayers, blessings, good vibes.. what ever it takes to Cash and his family.
As I continue to research the dangers of Cannabis - very little, I constantly come across the dangers of real problem drugs and the 3 I mostly read about are: Abuse of prescribed medications, ALCOHOL and tobacco. One of the biggest growing problems in the United states across campus's everywhere (Canada too I bet) is the increase of Date Rape ;-( Imagine you look into schools, save your money and send your little girl off to school and she attends a party - where usually the booze is plentiful for the ladies and sometimes even worse - they have something slipped into their drinks. It is a VERY common occurrence.
I have been very honest with my son. I feel the best way to learn is to tell the truth and let others learn from our own experiences. WHY lie? That is part of the problem.
Parents are not perfect. Everything happens for a reason. When I was younger I was very much into drinking.
I can honestly tell you one time I was at a bar, ran into this guy that I despised.
I knew him well, we had worked together at a car company for a few years. I did not like him, how he treated women - I could barely stomach being in the same room with him.
To make a long story short. He offered to buy me a drink - "come on ! It won't kill you to have a drink with me.." Well I woke up the next day to the phone ringing, sicker than a dog,
I answered the phone and told the caller they had the wrong number... I opened my eyes and realized I was not in my own bed - horrified, I was in his. To this day it makes my skin crawl! I do not know how it happened. I was no stranger to drinking or getting drunk but this was different. Was it date rape? In my mind yes. I still can not believe it happened. YUK. I have to say, years later - I ran into him (my son in his stroller) and he said "remember that great night we had?" I wanted to vomit.
Imagine how many women this is happening to. I have yet to hear from anyone that used Cannabis, STRICTLY (not in combination with Alcohol) that this has ever happened. If anything when you use Cannabis and suddenly feel uncomfortable you can come down from your high quicker. When you do like someone and smoke cannabis- it might loosen you up also - but this is NOT to be confused with date rape. Ladies how many times have you had a guy say - "oh have another drink.. " because they know the more you drink you get the better their chances.. Sad really. So by sharing if I can save just one young woman from doing the same I am glad I shared. IF I had a daughter - I know that partying is a part of the college experience. I would be encouraging her - if she felt she need to get "high", to use cannabis and Not Alcohol. Sitting here now.. everything does happen for a reason, my experiences with alcohol have mostly been bad. My cartoons come from the heart.
Better to learn late than never.