Jack turned 16 in October. He is the sweetest, most gentle and kind young man you’d ever meet. He loves to laugh and make others laugh and his hugs are always heart-warming and plentiful. Along with having high functioning Autism he also has Epilepsy. He has been through more than most kids his age. He has been on 10 different anti-seizure medications, most we’ve had to stop because of negative side effects. Some caused him spine and head pain (viral meningitis is a “side effect” in the medication Lamictal), some behavior issues and agitation (we are currently experiencing from Vimpat and saw that on Keppra, too). It’s all incredibly hard for him and us considering he’s such a sweet kid. Mostly we’ve had to stop medications because they just do-not-work! The cost for most of these medications has been over $500 for a 30-day supply and that is after discounts and insurance. Also having high functioning Autism, we know medical cannabis greatly helps speech and communication skills in ways no other therapy or medication can.
Everyone who suffers greatly deserves to have access to a plant that was put here on earth for a reason. It is our hope that one day Iowans get access they so deserve. It is our biggest hope that our son can drive and be completely independent!
Patient & Caregiver Stories
These stories represent real Iowans suffering from complex medical conditions that need access to medical cannabis right here at home.