There are good days, and then there are really good days. Days when you think you’ve made an impact. Days that hover on the edge of greatness. For me, yesterday was one of those days.
I was a presenter at the CORE Marijuana and Health Symposium at National Jewish. As the only one speaking without some sort of medical degree, I was very nervous. But I knew that I could speak to something nobody else on the agenda could: my experience as a patient talking with patients and other people about cannabis, and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council who reviewed these grants.
This was my presentation:
A news crew from local CBS Channel 4 was on the scene and did an excellent and compelling interview and report on Coltyn Turner, mentioned in my presentation and in attendance at the event. I can’t begin to express my respect and appreciation for this family and their willingness to share their story for the benefit of all patients.
Back in 2012, the first time I testified at the State Capitol, I never ever imagined I would end up here, speaking to a room full of medical types about cannabis from a patient’s perspective.
What an amazing and often surreal journey it’s been. There have been pot holes (pun intended) along the way, but I am honored and humbled to be a part of it each and every day. And I am so grateful to everyone who has reached out to us and supported us.
We are changing hearts and minds, one conversation at a time.
Patients’ stories matter.