On May first 2012 I woke up with little to no feeling or movement from my waist down. I woke up thinking my legs were asleep, tried to get up and fell to the floor. A few hours later and I could hardly move my right toe. Once at the hospital and all test run I am told I have a tumor in my spine that has pinched my spinal cord and left me paralyzed. Doctors said it had to be removed. 9 days after the most horrible hospital stay of my life I arrived at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga. It was the best thing that could have happened to us. I was still paralyzed and the doctors were not giving us good news. I was there to learn how to live my life in a wheelchair. I was told I would never walk again or that i had very very little chance to walk. Around the end of May maybe beginning of June I was laying in my room after a long day of different types of therapy. I was looking at my feet and just willing just one toe to move and I thought I saw movement! I called my wife over and asked her if she also saw and and she got really close to my toe and asked me to move it again she jumped up! I had moved my toe from there on very slowly I started moving my right toes then foot then leg and little by little it was returning. My left leg though was not moving and nothing but feeling was coming back to me. I started intensive therapy after leaving the hospital in July and for 18 months I worked 5 days a week on walking again. I was also prescribed a lot of pain medication also anti spasms medication. I couldn’t understand why I still could not just walk if I had regained so much from my time in therapy. In January of 2015 I stopped all prescription medication and started taking cannabis oil to help with spasms and pain. I am so happy to say that it has really been a miracle drug and I am now walking more than sitting in my wheelchair. I have been told that only 2% of people who are diagnosed a complete paraplegic are ever able to stand again let alone walk. Cannabis was able to give me that last bit of help that all of the drugs the doctors prescribed me could not do. They stifled my growth and hard work. I am so grateful for this medicine!
Sharon is a wife, mother, caregiver, business owner and life long resident of Georgia. Her eyes were opened when her family was traumatized by the “War on Drugs”, she uses her ears to listen to other victims and her voice to tell their stories and educate others on the direct and indirect harms of prohibition and how it affects us all.
Sharon has been a guest on numerous radio stations across the country as well as local and regional TV news affiliates. As well as LadyBud Magazine, HighTimes Magazine and Main Street. She was recently nominated by Mass/Cann NORML for National Female Activist of the Year. Sharon has traveled the country speaking on various topics including drug policy, activism, southern strategies and harm reduction. She produces a segment on 420radio.com highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.