A mental break, as well as a physical one
Another thing I struggled with during chemo was feeling both exhausted and wide awake at the same time. During most chemo treatments, they give you a steroid beforehand to help with side effects. But one side effect of the steroid was that I’d end up staying awake for long periods — sometimes for up to 72 hours.
My body was so exhausted (and the bags under my eyes would scare small children), but my brain was wide awake. No matter how much I forced myself to try and sleep, I couldn’t.
I needed a mental and physical break. As I did more research on THC, I found that it could help with insomnia — and indeed it did. Taking THC helped me go to sleep with no problems and wake up the next morning feeling well-rested — even on chemo days.
One thing they don’t tell you about chemo is that the over-exhaustion that can come with it can cause you to start shutting down mentally. And that’s when I’d sometimes have my breakdowns. The world often felt like too much, and my anxiety would kick in. But when I took my THC and CBD pills, both the exhaustion (thanks to sleep) and anxiety would go away.
An open mind
I’m a firm believer that medical cannabis helped me win my fight against cancer. THC and CBD helped not only with nausea, but with the side effects I was experiencing from chemo and the insomnia that I dealt with on the nights after my treatments.
Many people are closed-minded when it comes to THC and, at one point, I was one of those people. But if you keep an open mind and do just a little research, you’ll be surprised at what you might find.
Though there are still days when I struggle with the side effects from surgery, I know that I’m blessed to even have that bad day. My battle with cancer taught me that no matter how dark or scary the storm may seem, there’s nothing that a smile and positive mindset can’t accomplish.