I found out our young friend, who was in the hospital since the end of March to have tumours removed from her neck, passed away. Not from the surgery, from other complications.
We met Lauren just before our first Expo and became fast friends. I remember the day her mom brought her for a visit & she had her first edible cookies, her mom said it was a great visit & she laughed all the way home. She was 16 when we met. Lauren would come and help us at the expo, she loved the excitement & education! Lauren also enjoyed Halloween- one year she came to our place dressed as a very lovely "hot' nurse. Everyone loved her.
At 31 she is gone. My heart is aching & I’m upset with Gods timing’ but glad to understand my friend is with God. Lauren had a disease that made tumours grow all over her body, her arms wrists, head, neck… she had more surgeries than anyone I know. Lauren had more obstacles than anyone I know. Legally blind shortly after we met, she also went completely deaf but it never slowed her down & she was always positive & she enjoyed her cannabis. Lauren was a tough cookie.
What did upset Lauren, like any of us - judgement. When we first met she told me how people judged her for her cannabis use and I told her to tell them to “FUCK off & mind their business… or you’ll let your friend Georgia speak to them…”. This made her laugh and she did - with glee! Her mom told me she gave a few nurses the finger' (our of frustration) this last surgery. Due to severe balance issues - people would look at her and think she’s drunk, her mom use to always tell her: Don’t care what anyone thinks.
But we do. Judgemental people - who really don’t have a fucking clue.
I’ve met a few... & still DO.
This journey has been incredible to have met so many wonderful people, to have been educated on a plant that helps people with pain & more, to have made friends all around the world! I'm grateful for the education on the grand scale. The other side of the coin losing these young friends is heart breaking, several died much younger. Painful deaths, from cancer & illness & cannabis helped them feel better - made them giggle, that is all that is important. Just ask their parents. You can’t ask Lauren.
So yes, when I hear such ignorance STILL & judgement it makes me angry - even with it now legal & recognized as a medicine, still judgemental & ignorance - listening to the local radio station & hearing ‘cannabis workers are not essential, what a joke’. Constant negative remarks. The only ‘jokes’ are those shallow beings who continue to broadcast such ignorance when they have no understanding or compassion for others. No shock from the radio station that also focused on playing ‘songs of hate’ during a valentines day special.
Even though legal, it is still important for those who know, to continue to speak up for those who can’t. I have friends that continue to do this DAILY - fight for those who can't. AMEN.
Lauren was a warrior! She fell in love & got married, she was so happy when she shared the news, I was elated for her! Her husband was a special guy, I could tell just from how she raved about him. Lauren traveled all over Canada & through the USA - she kept going - FORWARD. Another - surgery - oh well… she was/is a star. My life was made better because she was in it. I had been sending (right up until Monday) her messages telling her about the farm & forest and couldn’t wait for her to visit when she got out of the hospital.
I now know why they went un answered.
Laurens often told me & her mom reminded me yesterday… one of her prized possessions which brought her JOY was her original art collection. :).
I cried all day yesterday, I couldn’t ‘do’ much….
Today I woke with a renewed purpose & will have a joy filled day - try, for Lauren.
I'll paint today for Lauren too.
I’m making a special area in my garden for my little friends - forever in my heart.
Tell your kids you love them...
tell judgemental people to 'fuck off & go educate themselves.
with TLC & THC
I have Joy, knowing Lauren is with God.
No longer suffering - perfect as she always was.