My name is Gail Orcutt. Although I’ve never smoked, I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010. Now I know that anyone can get lung cancer especially if they are living with an unacceptable level of radon in their home. (70% of Iowans do.)
In 2010, my entire left lung was removed and then I endured 12 weeks of brutal chemotherapy. I was told that I was cancer-free and there was a 90% chance that I was cured. No such luck; three years later, the cancer had metastasized to my left hip. Two different kinds of radiation were used, but just this summer, the cancer reared it’s ugly head again in that hip. Now I take a targeted chemo pill that costs my insurance company $14,167 a month!
I’ve done the research. Cannabis can kill cancer and keep it from spreading. I do everything I can to stay healthy: diet, supplements, meditation, teaching others about radon, but I’m not allowed to use a natural medicine. My physicians aren’t allowed to mention it. I want the state of Iowa to legalize the use of medical cannabis in all of its forms so that my physicians and I have a choice when deciding on my course of treatment.
The use of medical cannabis should be a decision between me and my medical team without any interference from the state legislature. No one deserves cancer, and no one should be denied this option for an improved quality of life!
Patient & Caregiver Stories
These stories represent real Iowans suffering from complex medical conditions that need access to medical cannabis right here at home.