Raise your hand if you set a resolution. Anybody? Yes? No?
I have to be completely honest. I did not set a resolution this year. The older I’ve gotten, the more I find myself falling off the resolution bandwagon before I even get started. However, this year I have made a commitment to myself to read more about what is going on in the epilepsy community. I guess, in a way, that is a resolution.
Once a month, I’m going to look for (and write about) new cutting-edge research or an incredible news story and how it relates to all of us… the ones reading and the ones affected by epilepsy.
January Epilepsy News
Here is a perfect example. Just last week, in Texas (of all places, that’s where I currently live), Compassionate Cultivation had its first harvest of medical marijuana plants to make a cannabis extract oil for patients. And, in Texas, epilepsy is the only qualifying condition for medical marijuana use.
So, why is this a big deal to me? Well, this is a huge deal for me. One of my good friends from Galveston needed medical marijuana to treat his epilepsy. About two years ago, just after we became friends, he had to move to Colorado so that he could get cannabis. That was the treatment that worked the best for him and we (in Texas) did not have access to it.
Now, he will and I’m so thankful.
This brings me to my next interesting talking point, though. How does everyone feel about medical marijuana? What are your thoughts?
For me personally, while I would love to consider trying that treatment option (because I hate my medicine), it’s not a possibility to try it. We drug test and companies (like mine) are not yet recognizing cannabis extract oil as a legal drug or medical treatment, it’s still considered an illegal drug. I do believe, and it will be interesting to watch, that companies will have to start looking at drug and alcohol policies and reconsidering them to meet updated medical treatment standards.
How cool would it be that if by the end of 2018 that was the article I was writing about? So many people were benefiting from CBD oil that new policies were being written to accommodate people living with epilepsy.
Okay, maybe I do actually have a goal after all.
Abby Gustus Alford was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 12 after multiple grand mal seizures over six-mos. She has a BA from Purdue and her Master’s from Northwestern.