Long after the "cure", I am left with the "new normal." I mean after the surgery, chemo, radiation, and attempt at giving me pills, I found myself in what I thought was an unmanageable lifestyle. So I thought I'd share my symptoms and how medical marijuana came to my rescue. Here's my story:
Once my initial "spin cycle" ended and I assumed life as the cards have been dealt, my bathroom trip necessity was getting way out of control. I mean even the sight or smell of food triggered my body's urge to purge. And not to mention the hell I experience just after eating a meal. And then there are those middle of the night urges that just wouldn't go away. What I'm typing about is what colon cancer survivors call "clustering." When my urge to go #2 occurs, the old days of taking a dump and moving on are over. Instead, my body repeats the urge to go about every few minutes with output each time about the size of a bottle cap. This means that I cannot leave the path to the bathroom for even a minute until the cycle ends...and that often takes hours! Then there are those middle of the night urges that just won't "get the job done" and let me go back to sleep. Oh no...the urge to go #2 persists for hours! But I found a God-sent relief....medical marijuana.
Without fail, every time my "clustering" begins or gets out of control, one puff off the pipe and the urge to go #2 is completely gone. For instance - when I wake up in the middle of the night and the trips to the bathroom dominates with little output or relief, I just take a toke and in a single minute, I am back to sleep for hours. The same is true with eating a meal. My urge to go #2 just won't go away until I take a single toke. IT WORKS LIKE A CHARM!!!
I am hoping that others out there will read this post and chime in with similar stories or find relief as I have. Not a single doctor has heard of such a treatment and give me that medical stink-eye when I tell my story. But whatever....it works!
Thanks for reading,
Woodland Park, Colorado
Stage 2 rectal cancer - low in the rectum
Radiation and Chemo - Feb-April 2010
Surgery on 6/21/2010
Takedown on 10/29/2010
Recovering in the Rocky Mountains - Woodland Park, COSuffering from being chronically pathetic