How I became a Cannabis blogger
Well a little bit about me. I am a Cannabis blogger who is also a Grandmother to 3 beautiful children and married to a wonderful man for over 40 years. I found writing to be very therapeutic, which evolved into blogging. Some people blog as a hobby, but I do this full time as I enjoy working from home. Back in 1998, I started my first online business which surprisingly became very popular. It got me hooked on online businesses and how I could make money from them.
When tragedy hits
I was diagnosed with MS after the birth of my third child Jamie. It was hard to get my head around. I did not know what the future would hold. I asked so many questions….Would I end up in a wheelchair? Would I walk with a cane, could I still drive, would it effect my ability to be a good mother. The doctor did not recommend any treatment, and basically said to carry on with my life. But months after my diagnosis, we were hit with our first tragedy. Our son Jamie who was 18 months old got sick very suddenly. Within 24 hours of his diagnosis, we lost him to Meningitis. He was not old enough to have the HIB vaccine which caused the meningitis. Our life was shattered. No one would have expected that we would also lose another son. Andy was our eldest son, we lost him at the age of 25 to a freak ATV accident. Our entire world started to spiral. Not only did we lose 2 sons, but my daughter lost her brothers and left her an only child. Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a child/children. One year after losing my son Andy, I watched my father die of Prostate Cancer and then I lost my Mother to COPD and then my sister to a Fentanyl overdose. Her doctor prescribed a patch after her bunion surgery!!!! It was hard to hear people say how strong I looked or how brave I was. Every day I fought off tears, or I would avoid going out as I did not know if I could keep it together. My doctor offered anti depressants several times ~ I knew they would become a crutch. Drinking was not an option as I could not see myself drowning my sorrow in a bottle. But someone suggested I start to write in a diary. I have tons of diaries that I wrote in every day, and I still open a random page of those books to see how far I have come. Writing in my diaries turned to blogging which became another therapy.
I learned to blog over 5 years ago now, and found it very therapeutic and got hooked. Many people ask me about the coffee cup logo. I love coffee and frequent Starbucks. The three beans represent my 3 Grand kids, the great loves of my life. You could say my cup is always full of love and BLISS today unlike the years before when I was consumed with grief.
In order to make a living, I connected with health and wellness companies. I developed a lot of digestive problems due to stress and was constantly going for tests. Anxiety and panic attacks started and I did not know how to manage them. Then I met an amazing man who told me about a Health and Wellness company. I joined it and started taking supplements and drinking protein shakes. My health recovered. I started to travel and attend health events around the world and met some amazing Doctors, Naturopaths and scientists. But Cannabis was never mentioned at any of these events . One conversation changed my life. I got introduced to the Cannabis Community. One person made an impact on me and I am eternally grateful for his advice. I met Sam Mellace at a 420 event in Windsor, he wrote the book The Great Cannabis Conspiracy. I read the book and realized just how long people had been persecuted and unable to use it. This is when I decided to be an advocate and attended my first Global Marijuana March During my visit to Toronto I had a friend take me to my first Cannabis dispensary and a tour of Toronto including the famous Hot Box Through the Cannabis community I got to learn about events like Hempfest, Ontario Cannabis Festival and our favourite: The Cannabis Living Expo These events offer so much. Not only are they educational, you get to hear people who have miraculous medical stories to share, no question is every considered stupid. Last year there was an education station which was a big hit for all ages. It was great to see Grandparents there WITH their grandchildren learning how to roll their first joint, or learning about the healing powers of CBD.
If you want to learn more, I would suggest you visit the Cannabis Living Expo on September 28-29th, in Mississauga Ontario. They had amazing speakers, a huge variety of vendors who travel from all parts of Canada to be vendors and attend. You will not be disappointed.