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Shiree’s Story

At 18 I ruptured a lumbar disc, my life put on hold due to a spinal injury with no support from ACC. Twelve years later I had dealt with the pain for many years and it was a way of life, so I thought, prescribed tramadol, anti-flam’s , I hated them, I felt like a zombie, I was told by a doctor to look into alternative medicines, he knew my pain and he supported my natural trials. Green “weed” a dr...
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Support for medicinal cannabis growing among Grey Power groups and elderly

A Christchurch man dying of cancer fears he will have to become a criminal if he cannot legally access medicinal cannabis.The 63-year-old man, who only wanted to be known as Bill for fear of persecution, said he was convinced of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis for cancer sufferers."It makes you sleep better, it makes you eat better and when you reflect on your life, as a person in...
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I am still here, I am not getting worse, the big C cant have me!

Kia ora, my name is Rochelle Kupa and I have terminal cancer. My cancer is in my right lung, my liver and in some of my bones. I was diagnosed at the end of November 2014. In some ways it was a relief to find out what was wrong. For a long time now I have been a Secondary Teacher of English and Social Studies. So when I kept getting sick in 2013 and no real causes could be found, I put it d...
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Anna Osborne: Medical Cannabis is working for me

After a week of taking cannabis oil, cancer sufferer Anna Osborne is sleeping better and no longer has to take anti-nausea pills.Osborne is undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma. She wants medical cannabis to be made more easily available.Sativex is the only available medicinal cannabis in New Zealand, but it requires ministerial approval before use.Osborne, whose husband, ...
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Breaking news: Grace Speaks!!

Grace Yeats
Grace Yeats, the young girl who suffered from a mystery illness at the age of 10, and had earlier this year been helped by "One Dollar Warriors" by raising nearly $30000 dollars for Sativex, has had a rough week, being rushed up to Starship Hospital with a suspected failure of a medical device.However all is not bad news. Tracy her mother has reported that for the first time since the init...
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#MC410 2 weeks on Sativex, initial thoughts of Dr Hu

I would like to share my initial thoughts after my first two weeks on Sativex, the medicinal cannabis spray that is legally available in New Zealand. I waited (saved) for 6 months after it was approved for my condition which is Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, C.O.P.D and arthritis, and I must admit I began with some trepidation. I had just forked out $1200.00 which we could use on othe...
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Family struggles to afford medicinal cannabis treatment

A Givealittle page has raised $27,000 to fund a Carterton girl's medicinal cannabis. Sativex is not Government-funded, and at just over $1000 a month it's too expensive for many patients. For nearly four years, 13-year-old Grace Yeats has been unable to walk and unable to talk. Auto-immune encephalitis has left her with uncontrollable muscle spasms. "So the spasms have very gradually forc...
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Cannabis and Chronic Pain, a Canadian story.

Below is a story from a person within the chronic pain community, who has had the good fortune to be on the receiving end of a more progressive cannabis policy in Canada.  In a short space of time, he used Cannabis, a class C drug, to withdraw from Clonozepam, an addictive class C drug (similar to but generally stronger than Valium) and significantly reduce his usage of Fentanyl patches, (an even ...
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Our Story – DIPG Brain Tumor

DIPG Brain tumor
 My beautiful one and only Granddaughter was born on the first day of spring 2010 and I was thrilled, scared, overjoyed, nervous, and oh so very much in love from the first time I set eyes on her. My daughter just 19 years old, back at home with me after having left her partner. It is now 2015 and my wee granddaughter is 5 years old and has brain cancer.This year has been a total trai...
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Life, Death and Medical Cannabis – By Helen Kelly

I am taking Cannabis Oil to manage my pain as my lung cancer takes over my body. It’s sort of as simple as that really. For some people talking about dying is confronting but actually talking about it allows us to think about how it happens – it is actually as much a social event as a physical one and knowing someone is comfortable, getting good treatment and pain relief is very much part of the s...
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