I am a breast cancer survivor. That’s the good news.<br.
The chemotherapy that saved my life left me totally disabled. That’s the bad news.
I have a condition called Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN). When the chemotherapy killed the cancer cells, it left behind sweeping damage in my peripheral nervous system, stripping the myelin sheathing from the nerves in my hands and feet. The symptoms range from a mild tingling, to burning sensations, electric shocks, stabbing pains, and a dull bone ache that radiates upwards into my legs and arms. While many women develop this condition during treatment, the vast majority go on to full recovery as the nerves mend over time.
In my case, the damage is permanent. There is no cure, and the medical community openly acknowledges that the tools at their disposal are ineffective for severe cases. Each day I deal with pain — sometimes mild, other times quite challenging. As a result, I am unable to work. My career ended after a 2.5 year struggle to reclaim my life following treatment. I use cannabis in form of high CBD oil to manage the daily pain. Here’s what you need to know about the medication I have chosen: