I’m Michelle Richardson from Norwalk. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010. MS is an unpredictable, often disabling, chronic disease of the central nervous system which disrupts the flow of information within the brain as well as between the brain and body. This results in a variety of symptoms which are often invisible and don’t look the same in any two people.
My symptoms can range from mild to severe and from occasionally on a given day to every hour of the day and night. It’s difficult for me to process information in my brain, make decisions, and prioritize information. I easily am extremely fatigued, feel pins and needles and numbness in many areas of my body including my face, lose my balance and coordination, have muscles spasms in my arms and legs, and experience pain, which can be so debilitating I can’t speak or move.
Each year I have more symptoms and difficulties because of MS. Current research found certain forms of medical cannabis are an effective treatment for MS symptoms of muscle stiffness, certain types of pain and muscle spasms, and overactive bladder.
Please help those of us with MS and other serious chronic conditions to ease our pain and other symptoms, which can be improved by medical cannabis.
Patient & Caregiver Stories
These stories represent real Iowans suffering from complex medical conditions that need access to medical cannabis right here at home.