OVIEDO, Fla. (ClickOrlando) – Sarah Trask is a daughter, sister, wife and mother of two and, most importantly, a survivor.
“I’m a 32-year child brain cancer survivor. I have had four brain surgeries,” she told News 6. “I have had a lot of scarring, and my side effects are epilepsy,“ Trask told News 6.
Epilepsy left her with debilitating seizures that can sometimes last for minutes.
Nothing worked for her until the approval of medical marijuana in Florida with the passage of Amendment 2 in November.
“They were allowing the first few people in Florida to try the oil, and out of the 300, I was one of them,” Trask said.
The THC, the active ingredient of cannabis, comes in oil and caplet form, and it supplements four anti-seizure, migraine and emergency medications that she takes daily.
“I’m needing the marijuana on top of it to even help me more. I’ve become immune. It sounds crazy, but I’ve become immune to all the medication,” she said.
A built-up immunity means Trask’s seizures come back faster.
“That’s why I need the marijuana, because at least the marijuana, you can keep on going up and up, and I don’t believe you can become immune to the marijuana,” Trask said.
Things changed for Trask when her doctor sent her a letter explaining to her that she would have to find a new doctor.
“You have to be a patient of that doctor for at least the three months, and you have to show that you are in need of it based on how frequent your seizures are, how extreme your seizures are. I was having anywhere from three to six seizures a month, so I was on the list. Some people who aren’t as frequent, you don’t get on the list, but I got on the list,” Trask said.