Cancer Survivor: 'Medical Marijuana Gave Me Back My Life'
Tennessee is pushing back a bill to legalize medical marijuana, but one resident says she already tried it. 50-year-old Teresa Boomer, a stage three cervical cancer survivor, told Knoxville, TN’s WVLT that medical marijuana changed her life.
The cocktail of pills she was prescribed, Boomer says, complicated her treatment and left her in pain. "Under the chemicals, the chemicals they were giving me, there was no life. There was no quality. I laid in bed, wasting. I went from 140 pounds to 87 pounds," Boomer told WVLT, “The chemo and radiation, gave me back, gave me my life. And marijuana gave my life back to me.”
According to WVLT, sixteen months after beginning her alternative treatment with a medical marijuana brownie, Boomer was cancer-free and regaining control of her weight and lifestyle.
“You don't want to be looked at as a pot user or whatever but I did. And I'm proud of it, and if I wouldn't have, I wouldn't be here,” she told WVLT. Boomer has translated her experience into activism, and joined forces with Tennessee NORML to fight for safe access for all:
"Yes, it was illegal...It saved me and it could save a lot of people."
Tennessee Representative Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis) says she plans to reintroduce the medical marijuana bill when the legislature reconvenes in the fall. Richardson says it will eventually pass, but patients may have to suffer in the meantime.