I have a disease you probably have never heard of but is more common than you think. It’s called Ehlers Danlos syndrome or EDS. EDS is a genetic mutation that I’ve had since birth but I wasn’t diagnosed until the age of 19.

I was called soft, a cry baby, a hypochondriac. The reality was I misdiagnosed and very sick until late teens when I finally found a doctor that recognized the illness and the hundreds of symptoms and co-illnesses that come with it.

EDS literally ripped my life away. I was going to college full-time to become an elementary school teacher until the condition forced me to leave school and quit my job because I simply couldn’t make it out of bed every day.

My health started to spiral out of control and bottomed out for a five year period where I was on bed rest 22-24 hours a day. I was prescribed 50 pills each day, many of them opiates, which led to kidney problems and other awful side effects. The opiates were taking what little life I had left.

Desperate to find alternative relief, I applied for and got my medical cannabis card in March of 2016. The results were more than a miracle. Three days into medical cannabis therapy I went from 50 pills a day to just 12 and was able to get out of bed for 5-8 hours each day.

Within three months I was able to attend dance and yoga classes several times a week and was out of bed 10-12 hours a day.

Medical cannabis did not just save my life but it gave me a life that I never thought I would be able to have again.

I’m getting ready to go back to school in 2017 and for the first time in more than a decade am hopeful for my future thanks to medical cannabis.