Father of 11 Year Old Autistic Boy With Brain Tumor to Iowa Legislature: “As a Parent, I Would Have Much Rather Had The Option of Trying Cannabis First”

Let’s hope the option comes to all children with autism or cancer, everywhere, very soon.


The following is an anonymous letter written by the father of an an 11 year old autistic boy with a tumor in his brain:

“First, thank you for the opportunity to share my story.

Actually my situation is twofold. My son’s story first.

In February of 2011 my autistic 9 year old son had a seizure in the middle of the night, first one ever. We found that he had a “brain mass” after an MRI.

He had surgery that March, and they removed most of the tumor. They could not get it all surgically because of the sensitive location of the mass. After 2 years it had grown slightly, so we were presented with the option of 6 weeks of radiation, which was our only legal option at the time. We’ll find out soon how the treatment did. Lousy way for an 11 year old to spend his summer.

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About cannabisforautism

An Ashtanga Yoga teacher, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of those involved in mental health issues, substance use or homelessness. I am also striving to put an end to the perception of the substance user as someone who makes incorrect choices. Striving for a world where there are no 'drug abusers' or 'addicts', just substance users with health concerns and sometimes financial and legal confounds. It is possible to use many substances and still remain happier and healthier than your peers. The notion that a substance user must become unhealthier as time goes by is false. I hope you enjoy reading my blog. It's about autism treatments and a few other odds and ends. Thank you and take care, Jules
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