Amy Needs You!

$8,449 of $9,100 goal

Raised by 147 people in 22 months
As most of you know I have been living with Multiple Sclerosis since 1988. I've had to cope some very difficult symptoms over many years and it has greatly impacted my quality of life. (including: dizziness, spasticity, pain, foot drop, difficulty with balance, fatigue, difficulty wallking, weakness, incontinence, depression, anxiety, insomnia...the list goes on.) I'm on many medications to treat my symptoms – some work, some don't.

So Keith and I discussed medical marijuana with my neurologist and apparently there has been a lot of success with MS patients, relieving a lot of the symptoms I struggle with. We are exploring all options for relief of my Mad and decided this will be important to pursue. So we are jumping through every state-required hoop and NJ has many. (an irony for people with physical limitations!) You can probably imagine they don't make it easy or affordable, nor is any of it covered by insurance.

We decided to give it 2 years to see if it makes a difference. We figured out the costs (in great detail below) and it will be roughly $9,100  to cover the first 2 years of treatment - including the state registration, multiple doctor visits, Rx renewals and the actual product - for which, prices vary greatly - again none of this is covered by insurance!

People are always asking me if there is anything that they can do to help - quite frankly $10 will go a long way. So please, if you can donate, It will make an enormous difference in my and my family's every single day.

As a bonus, we are offering incentive gifts of my handcrafted clay work. Check out my facebook group for specifics. 

Thanks for considering our effort!

Expense Details
(first year fees)
$500 for doctor's consultation
$200 for state program registration and application

$4,200 Annual fees for product and related materials
($350 per month for Rx inlcuding monthly visit with teh doctor for renewal fees for the first year)

Total 1st year:  $4900

Total for 2nd Year $4200
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It's a 50/30 update!

This month I am turning 50 years old, which is irrevocably linked to the 30 year anniversary of my MS diagnosis. That's right mathletes. I was 20 when I got the news. Needless to say these three decades have been difficult -to be polite- and in recent years it has moved well beyond challenging I have been coping with a downward trajectory that shakes the ground of the most optimistic person I know. (me!) I was losing hope.

But last year that changed when you guys all came together and helped fund my journey into the world of medical  marijuana.

I have few words that can truly describe  what it’s like to stand up from a seated position without help and to lift my right leg more than 6 inches off the ground.  Actually I have many words, but not enough time or space! :)

It’s still an “every-day-is -different” kinda thing but I now have good days and on most days I’m hopeful.

That is priceless.

But if I were to put a price on it…
Any size donation will go to great use in maintaining my supply. Of course no amount is too small.

If you are in Montclair on June 24th stop in at The Tea Store where we are have an open house to celebrate my 50/30 years of making all of this work!

Thanks to all of you!
XO Amy
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Thanks to everyone who has contributed to what has turned out to be most magical. I had no preparation for how much cannabis would help with my MS symptoms - and it's practically instantaneous. On it, I can lift my right leg, off it, I can't. So I can get in and out of the car, walk up stairs, stand up straight, move left to right, look down and up and down again.... and not get vertigo... I can stand up from a seated position and although not very well, I can now whip nay nay! (Google that if you don't know what it means- cos it's impressive for my skill set!)

So thanks for your support everyone. It couldn't happen without you and thus- you're a part of improving my every day. That's gotta fill you with some warm fuzzies! So, your welcome!

If you are on facebook and want to follow this trip, as it were, ask to join Amy's Med Marijuana Moments, and or my blog: where I'll update weekly.

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I tried my first medical marijuana peanut butter trisket last night and today I am doing things I haven't done in 10 years. Most notably- lifting my right leg and standing up straight!! I feel like myself in ways that I never could have imagined.

And I couldn't have done it without all of you. The idea of taking on this potential debt and enduring the stress that comes along with it made this treatment impossible. Because of all of you - it is happening and as a result I can remember who I am. Ok. Excuse me, while I cry with joy!

xo Amy
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Wow! I can't believe how many people have come out to help me in getting my medical marijuana treatment.
It's been 3 weeks and I've already raised almost two-thirds of my goal. (Just $128 shy of 2/3rds ) At a time when it's a challenge to feel good about the world, it's an amazing boost to know how many people care.

All of the support, love and healing energy is doing wonders for me and I can feel the positive impact on my every single day. If the treatment is as effective as this "pre-high" is, I'm going to be in great shape.

I'm now waiting for my NJMJ (New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program) ID card to arrive. The state says it's on it's way, so every day I rush (limp) to the door to greet the postal-delivery-person with great enthusiasm. I've haven't been so excited about snail-mail in decades. :)

Thank you for making me feel so encouraged and empowered. Those are not easy to come by when living with this disease and thus, incredibly appreciated.

I look forward to sharing the next phase of my med-marijuana journey!

Share this with your virtual-community to help me reach my goal. [Just a suggestion :) ]
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Lynnie Heal
16 months ago

I have also fought MS for 45 years NO MS meds and denied help here in UK alongside having all my MRI notes destroyed here in UK also .

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$8,449 of $9,100 goal

Raised by 147 people in 22 months
Created February 18, 2017
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Julia Gilson
3 days ago

So humbled by your courage Amy. Wishing you Keith and Madeleine Happy Holidays lol Julia Alex & Bella xxx

Aileen Grossberg
7 days ago

Wasn't able to get to your sale but her's something to help out.

Sharon & Danny DePasquale
5 months ago

Happy Birthday Amy! Glad you are finally in the "club" (the one no one wants to be in lol!!)

Mike Gallof
5 months ago

Happy 50th Birthday Amy! You have such a great spirit! Love The Gallof Family

Lauren Kaiser
5 months ago

Happy birthday Amy! Looking forward to celebrating with you! xo

Mary Witherell
5 months ago

Happy 50th Birthday, Amy, from the Witheroney!

Lynnie Heal
16 months ago

I have also fought MS for 45 years NO MS meds and denied help here in UK alongside having all my MRI notes destroyed here in UK also .

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