Hospital is becoming a too familiar environment

2nd August 2015: Sydney, Australia

My eyes opened this morning to the type of pain I have come to understand requires immediate attention. I opted to attend the local hospital, opposed to being naive, and simply numbing the pain with medication. Luckily, to my relief scans revealed the pain stemmed from a small collection of fluid and internal bleeding, a fairly typical outcome for the surgery. On reflection, I possibly overreacted, however, the peace of mind is priceless. Furthermore, the circumstances reinforced the need to cease current attempts at weaning off my pain-relief medication.

As noted yesterday, I commenced a course of Cannabis Oil as a means of working I’m conjunction with my Chemotherapy to ensure I remain Cancer free, and currently it seems there are other advantages in taking the oil. Most notably, the alertness remaining in my thinking and interactions throughout the day. Moreover, I am not feeling heavily sedated or having a sense of loosing a degree of control over my behaviours and actions. Obviously, I acknowledge it is very early in my three month trial, and the primary goal will be difficult to gauge, however, admittedly, I am very pleased with the outcomes thus far, and hope for similar feelings to be experienced over the coming months. To conclude, I would encourage those to comment on my recent decision, regardless of whether they agree or disagree. Personally, the most important aspect of this is to connect with others to hopefully support others who are yet to face the battle some of have already encountered.

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Decision to trial Medicinal Marijuana for Cancer

1st August 2015: Sydney Australia

Medicinal marijuana is currently extremely topical within the area of health. Any dispute about these claims should be brought to a close by glancing at the cover shot of the June National Geographic. Undoubtedly, imminent changes in Australia are to be expected. The following examples demonstrate the growing support from the public, private and government sectors. The points include:
1. New legislation announced by the NSW State Government allows the use of medical marijuana to be used as a form of treatment for specific health concerns.
2. $33 million was recently granted to Sydney University, making NSW one of the world leaders in using the plant for medicinal purposes.
3. Norfolk Island Health Minister has signed an agreement with AusCann​, an Australian company who will be the first organisational to legally grow medicinal marijuana in Australia.

I acknowledge there may be some contention and confusion surrounding the matter. Therefore, I should state the purpose of the post is to share some of my knowledge on the topic to hopefully start a conversation. In addition, I also recognise medicinal marijuana is a proposed treatment for several health concerns, however, I am focusing entirely on the connection with Cancer, and this results from recently sourcing a three month supply of cannabis oil (CBD oil) for personal use. My knowledge of the medicinal functions associated with the plant entail two different chemical compounds, CBD and THC. CBD appears to currently be the lesser known compound in the world of Cannabis, and in my opinion this results from the well known recreational effects associated with THC. In saying that, it seems both compounds play a role in providing supposed health benefits to people. Firstly, CBD is thought to support the body destruct any mutating cells whereas THC is associated with reducing nausea and increasing an appetite for people taking Chemotherapy.

Similar to many areas within the health sector, a lot of misconceptions appear to surround the benefits of someone using Cannabis. If in fact, actual benefits exist. It seems necessary to discuss in more detail the reasoning for adopting this specific and potentially controversial avenue. Basically, I am in a position whereby numerous forms of alternative treatments used in combination with Chemotherapy ultimately failed to prevent a reoccurrence. Therefore, I wish to further explore other avenues to hopefully provide me with a life free from Cancer on a permanent basis. To conclude, I am aware the information provided is limited, and the reasoning was to proved an introduction to the area whilst shedding some insight into my thinking on the matter. If you wish to obtain further information, there are varying options available on the internet. Finally, I feel the need to state that I am a non-smoker of Cannabis, and am trailing the use of the treatment in collaboration with my Chemotherapy to support my longevity.

Comments are welcome 😄

Medicinal Cannabis…..

14th May 2015: Sydney, Australia

Last year a friend introduced me to a documentary called, ‘Run from the Cure’. The story is follows a Canadian by the name of Rick Simpson who promotes the use of Cannabis oil for treating ailments, including Cancer. I currently do not have a stance about the matter, however, am increasingly seeing the area gain traction in all forms of mass media, and interestingly the NSW Sate Government of Australia has recently passed legislation in order to conduct trials.

I watched the documentary, and explored other material on the matter to become better informed about the option. The quarrel in using the oil stems from the limited research on the matter, a fear of whether side-effects would be experienced and the implications involved in using the oil. Namely, using the oil would suggest I see myself as unhealthy, and needing the oil to kill Cancer. Obviously, a belief I do not hold. Now, I can understand taking Chemotherapy is somewhat similar, and honestly when thinking about it, I am yet to come up with a strong argument for taking the Chemotherapy above the oil, particularly in my circumstances because there is no evidence to support the type of Chemotherapy I take. So unfortunately, I will need to leave it here for the moment and revisit the topic over the coming months.

The war on Cancer

21st April 2015: Sydney

On 23rd December 1971, President of United State of America, Richard Nixon signed a declaration of war against Cancer. Now the question I ponder is whether the intelligence leading into the mission, if we can call it such, was at all informed. My reasoning is clearly demonstrated in recent statistics showing there has been no decrease in the percentage of people impacted by Cancer on an annual basis. In fact, current data suggests the complete opposite, with expectations of an increase to follow over the coming decade.

I am not the only person querying the outcomes of the war. A podcast titled, Life By Design, questioned whether the huge amounts of finances and brain power invested to the area has been directed in the most effective manner. A very valid point, when looking at the spike in numbers, and then considering the increase of toxins and chemicals in the environment; the growing population of people with obesity and other health concerns; a more sedentary approach adopted by many in the world, and the changes within the foods consumed over the past five generations. Consequently, I write this entry deflated, thinking we are left in the predicament resulting from limited research being placed on alternate forms of treatment compared to the attention placed on pharmaceutical interventions. I completely recognise the hypocrisy in the above statement, particularly bearing in mind my current dependency on chemotherapy, however, a definite motivation exists in relation to the need for large studies be conducted to test the accuracy in the claims many people make about Cancer treatment. Prior to finishing, acknowledgement and attention on the progression made for some types of Cancer is essential, and it is the very reason for strongly believing people should adopt an integrative approach into their entire experience.