As a child, my radiation exposure was 400x over the lifetime limit at 10-years old.
In 1969, I was ten years old, living in central Illinois, and given three months to live. It was ovarian cancer. My parents took me to St. Jude’s in Memphis TN for treatment and I became a miracle survivor (I do not use that term lightly). I am now a 48-year survivor of ovarian cancer.
Radiation Complications Begin
Since that time, I have had multiple stents to hold open the arteries leading to my lower limbs. I have also had squamous and basil cell skin cancers in the radiation zone and beyond. I’ve lost count as to how many surgeries I’ve had but it’s enough to make me a caring nurse from this side of the bed.
Tragedy Pushes Anita to Learn More About Cannabis
Tragedy came suddenly in 2003 when my father lost his battle to an autoimmune disease. He was my rock through it all. Then a few years later my brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Then a lifelong friend with melanoma of the brain. And to add to all this, our son-in-law died from suicide, caused by addiction to pain killers for his uncontrolled pain. He left behind a wife and 2 beautiful children.