Three years ago, seven-year-old Nattaly Brown was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer that affects tissue and lymph nodes. On top of battling many rounds of chemotherapy, she also uses medical cannabis, which has proven to be much more beneficial than the standard cancer treatment. Not only did the herb help Nattaly gain weight, but she is also now almost six months cancer-free. While giving kids cannabis is still a very touchy subject, her mother Alyssa Schuck has no regrets. Today, she is alive, she is happy, and well on her way to remission.
Nattaly Brown and medical cannabis
Seven-year-old Natally Brown of Battle Creek, Michigan is happy and has a head full of hair. For some, that doesn’t mean much. But to others, like Natally, it means everything.
Three years ago, Natally became diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer that affects tissue and lymph nodes. Since then, she has battled rounds of chemotherapy and all of the awful side effects that come with it.
While chemo has been more harmful than beneficial, medical cannabis has been a life-saver. Since starting medical cannabis, Natally has not only gained weight but is also off her anxiety meds, which has put a stop to her drowsiness and crying.
Despite Natally stopping chemo early, her last scan showed absolutely no signs of cancer. And if next month’s scan reveals the same, then she will officially hit the six-month mark, known as remission.
Medical cannabis in Battle Creek
After much trial and error, Natally’s family finally found the right dose for their daughter, as well as her preferred strains. But the medical cannabis laws in Battle Creek didn’t exactly make the process easy.
Currently, clinicians are encouraged not to provide access to cannabis-related products until receiving marketing approval from the Food and Drug Administration, according to Bronson’s spokesperson Carolyn Wyllie.
On Tuesday, Battle Creek officials discussed if they will allow dispensaries and other medical marijuana operations during a City Commission workshop. But according to Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker, it’s all up in the air for now,
There’s no determination for the formula in place for how we are going to finance this program. I realize there’s a lot of percentages thrown out there, there’s a lot of fees thrown out there, but all of those have to be justified in practice.
A licensing process won’t be in place until the end of the year. But if municipalities choose to allow medical marijuana operations, they could charge as much as $5,000 for annual licensing fees, according to the Michigan Municipal League.
Despite the uncertainty of what’s to come, Schuck makes no apologies for giving cannabis to her daughter,
She’s happy. And she’s not dead. You have to come to the realization that life is scary and decisions are scary and change is scary.
But what’s scarier than losing your kid? Literally, nothing.