My name is Jennifer Bockenstedt. I'm 52 years old and have raised three amazing daughters on my own. For the last 7 plus years I've been fighting neuropathy pain do to my spinal cord being severed during back surgery.
I've had hundreds of epidurals, injections, nerve burnings,etc.etc.etc! Ive also had a neurotransmitter implanted in my back surgically, and a pain pump implanted also, but due to the side effects and the damage it caused to my organs I had to have them removed.
When I had the pain pump removed again surgically, I went through several months of severe withdrawal and no doctors knew the correct treatment to to help me through the hell and it almost took my life twice! To this day, I still suffer from acute withdrawal symptoms and am told I may for years...not ok!!!
Now I try to exist without any type of Narcotics or painkillers and I simply don't live...
At this point I don't go anywhere or drive. I'm also diagnosed with severe inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, Gastropparesis, chronic nausea and vomiting, severe depression, severe anxiety, and PTSD, do to surviving a very verbally,emotionally, and physically abusive relationship.
I don't know what else to do. I'm unable to take any of the medications due to damage to my liver etc... at this point being a Medical Assistant and a very social person, this is all destroying me. Everyday I pray for the chance to try the medical marijuana, so that I can very likely get part of my life back. I will be a Grandma in February of 2017 for the first time and my main prayer is to be healthier and to be able to be the Grandma I always wanted to be. I deserve that chance. This is extremely condensed version my story. I would be happy to share even more...feeling so desperate, but refuse to lose hope!
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