Pubdate: Fri, 26 Feb 2010
Source: Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC)
Copyright: 2010 Daily Reflector
Author: Mack Styron, II


I sit here today totally disabled. You ask why? I have a disease
called Transverse Myelitis.

It has left me with numbness and tingling in both legs, an awkward
gait and the inability to stand for any length of time without
additional pain. I currently take more medications than I can afford
on disability income. I do not qualify for Medicaid.

After my last visit with my neurologist at Duke, he mentioned that
"pot" had shown promise as a way of helping with pain, stiffness and
muscle spasms in my legs. I have not tried it because currently in
North Carolina it is illegal. I do not drink -- never have, never will
because of all of the damage it has done to families over the years.

However, if North Carolina were to be a leader in the health care
industry and pass some form of legislation allowing me and others like
me to attempt to feel better and lead normal lives, I would be
eternally grateful. Please encourage your elected officials to
strongly consider passing laws that would allow my doctor to prescribe
something that might actually work. For the record, I am well
educated, with a master's degree in the human service field. I am not
some kid looking to catch a buzz. I am a sick adult looking for relief.


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