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$745 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 33 people in 8 months
Bri Crofton  TACOMA, WA
Hello! My name is Bri Crofton. I'm 35 years old and I've been a chronic pain patient for 15 years now, having finally received diagnoses of fibromyalgia and arthritis in the past year, along with a slew of related health issues. After five years of struggling to get back on our feet after a difficult job loss and increased illness, my partner and I moved to Washington state in November of 2014.

I'd previously been on narcotic pain medication for a number of years. When I stopped taking them, I realized that there were a number of negative side effects I'd been experiencing, which vanished fairly suddenly... So I wouldn't be interested in being on narcotics on a daily basis now, even if there were doctors willing to prescribe them with the current war on narcotics.

In my new home, I started seeking relief by going to a clinic where medical marijuana recommendations are provided. I got my recommendation easily with my medical history. For the next year, I was able to do a relatively decent job of keeping this pain medicine around, but when my business slowed down significantly this year, I began to struggle.

I spoke with my PCP about other methods of pain relief. I started taking small doses of gabapentin (generic Neurontin) and duloxetine (Cymbalta). They seemed to help for a while, then petered out. After the duloxetine dose had been increased for some time, I started noticing lots of weird, random symptoms like extra nerve pain, painful and embarrassingly excessive flatulence, a chronic sore throat and much more. I was shocked to discover that it is common for Cymbalta to cause all of the odd side effects I was experiencing. I slowly tapered off and have been completely off of duloxetine for several months, but I'm still experiencing side effects, which I have since discovered is not uncommon.

My dose of gabapentin was increased, and I was switched from one muscle relaxer to another. This is all that my PCP would do for the increased pain post-duloxetine. It soon became clear that the gabapentin was actually causing increased nerve pain, so I've now tapered off of that as well.

Not only does my 100% legal medical marijuana purchased in the state of Washington using my patient ID card -- in my case, a mix of CBD and THC -- bring me significant pain relief, but it has also lowered my blood pressure to the point that I no longer need to take lisinopril, which I'd been taking for years. When I can afford to take it regularly enough, I don't need to take my prescribed clonazepam (Klonopin) for anxiety or sleep, either.

As of July 1st, all dispensaries in Tacoma (and I believe the rest of WA) were closed. I now have to buy my medicine at certain certified recreational stores, and the only discount for patients is the 9.5% sales tax. We still have to pay the 37% marijuana "sin" tax. The expense has more than doubled suddenly, and it costs me up to $20 per day to get enough meaningful relief that I am able to run my small business, run errands for my small family when my partner (who is also disabled and works from home) is too unwell to join me, and to focus on learning, developing new skills and finding ways to forge more stability for ourselves in the future.

Our ultimate plan is to save up to reinstate my partner's license and get a car so we can move to a small town near the Oregon coast within the next few years. I need to have the ability to keep working toward this goal, which is why I am here, asking for your help. Once we make it to Oregon and have the space to do so, we'll be able to grow our own plants and make our own medicine from them, which will be much more sustainable.

In the meantime, every penny donated will help to make dreams come true for one disabled couple who already moved cross-country to make a better life for themselves, only to have much-needed medicine moved out of reach.

While the bulk of my current needs are based in costs of medical marijuana, we are also attempting to raise a smaller amount of funds for a Washington ID for my partner, transportation to medical appointments and a naturopath appointment so that he can get some relief from chronic migraines. This includes transportation to other areas of Washington, so that we can both get very necessary oral surgery that has been on hold for years because of inaccessibility.

All funds from this campaign will be used for medical costs, limited to the following:
- legally acquired medical marijuana
- OTC medications and supplements
- transportation related to medical care
- a naturopath appointment for AJ, my partner
- transportation to oral surgery appointments

Here is why we're asking for this goal amount:
~ $3,000 to cover my medical marijuana through the end of 2016
~ $500 for PayPal & WePay fees
~ $300 for surgery-related transportation
~ $300 for OTC meds and supplements
~ $200 for transportation to medical appointments through the end of 2016
~ $150 naturopath appointment
~ $50 for AJ's ID

With your help, we can thrive, grow, and continue to climb the ladder of self-sufficiency despite our physical limitations. Just $4 pays for one dose of 10 mg THC and CBD, which provides several hours of relief from chronic pain related to fibromyalgia and arthritis.

Whether you are able to help by making a contribution, spreading the word to those who may be able to do so, or just wishing us well on our journey, I appreciate you caring enough to read this far!

AJ and I are currently studying Reiki, with the intention of helping ourselves and others to heal. We're about to get our Level II attunements and we will be at the point where we are ready to send distance Reiki out this autumn. Unless you let me know that you'd prefer we didn't include you, we'll be sending Reiki to everyone who has contributed on a near-daily basis once we are able. (We may need to occasionally take a night off due to illness or pain.) We already practice self Reiki nightly, so we're not promising something we don't know we can keep up with. We'll just be expanding upon our current practice. If you have any specific intentions you'd like included for you, please just let us know.

Much love and many blessings, friends!
<3 Bri

PS: If you'd like to check out the jewelry that I make along with the metaphysical items recently added to my shop, you may do so here. If you'd like to check out our Amazon wishlist, we try to keep it up to date with OTC medicines and supplements of which we are currently in need.
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Update 11
Posted by Bri Crofton
6 months ago
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Friends, I seriously need your help! I've been having to take less and less MMJ because I've had so little funds coming in -- I've had one $3 sale in the past week -- and it just isn't enough relief to keep up with my business page, making new pieces and doing chores. I need your help in order to keep functioning!

You can help by doing any of the following...

- Consider making a contribution or sharing this campaign. Everyone who donates will receive distance group Reiki services, starting in the next few weeks.

- Join my group; consider purchasing or sharing available goods and services.

facebook.com/groups/MMJ4Bri

- Stop by my Facebook page, check out recent posts and deals, and consider boosting my signal by getting interactive.

facebook.com/blessedbaubles

Prayers, candles and good mojo in general are also appreciated! Thanks so much to everyone who has been offering us support in any way. It means so much to me and AJ. <3
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Update 10
Posted by Bri Crofton
7 months ago
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Friends, I have two exciting new offerings available in my new FB group! This energetic clearing and protection kit, as well as the gemstone grab bags, are just $15 each plus S&H. Please take a look and help spread the word. Thanks so much for your support!
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Update 9
Posted by Bri Crofton
7 months ago
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I just got back from going to get meds a little while ago. We had to borrow from the funds we had set aside for bills and emergencies, and our bills will be coming due over the next few days to a week. This was not an easy decision to make, but I can barely get out of bed most days without my meds, so it was a necessary one. If you can, please consider helping me recover these funds.

I was dealing with a lot of anxiety while out and didn't even realize that I was charged the sales tax from which card-holding MMJ patients are exempt, but they'll fix the overage next time I go in.

- Receive distance group Reiki for any size contribution here: gofund.me/MMJ4Bri.
- Pop by my page and get codes for up to 50% off, plus FREE US S&H: fb.com/blessedbaubles.
- Donate to receive a healing session or rune/tarot reading from the lovely Jessica, plus more goodies to come: fb.com/groups/MMJ4Bri.
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Update 8
Posted by Bri Crofton
8 months ago
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Hello, friends! <3 This week's auction ended earlier tonight, and just about everyone's paid up. Huge thanks to everyone who placed bids, purchased items or services donated by the amazing folks who have contributed their time and wares, and/or helped to spread the word!

I was able to borrow from our grocery fund in order to restock while we were out with friends on Tuesday, and I am now set for meds until the end of next week. The latest auction purchases even paid back the grocery fund for that loan, so that we'll have that need taken care of tomorrow. Now I just need to work on scraping up the funds for the next MMJ restock.

I am of course working on some ways that I hope will help us to become more self-sufficient over time, and a big part of that is figuring out how we are going to move ourselves to Oregon, where we'll be able to grow our own medicine in a state run by people who have more compassion and empathy for patients on limited incomes who need this medicine -- and they also have a separate MMJ system that survived the legalization of recreational marijuana. We were just blindsided by how much this expense increased literally overnight when WA closed down all dispensaries, and we need some help while we figure things out.

Thanks again, everyone! Whatever form your support has taken, we appreciate it and we appreciate you. :)

Much love and many blessings,
Bri
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$745 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 33 people in 8 months
Created August 4, 2016
KP
$15
Kathy DeBrock Phillips
6 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much for shopping via my fundraiser, Kathy!

LC
$50
Lucy Cox
6 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much for your support, Lucy!

V
$15
Victoria
7 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much for purchasing via the fundraiser group, Victoria!

AJ
$20
Ashley & Jessica
7 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much to Jessica for donating her services, and Ashley for her donation!

KM
$8
Kim M
7 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much to Kim for donating, and her buyer! ❤

RM
$15
Ruth & Marie
7 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much to Ruth for listing in the auction, and Marie for purchasing! ❤

AW
$43
Auction Winners
8 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks to Marie & Jacque for purchasing B&B items in this week's auction! This amount reflects 50% of their purchases.

MV
$36
Marie, Jessica & Victoria
8 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much to Marie for contributing, and to Victoria and Jessica for donating goods/services! ❤

DV
$6
Diane & Victoria
8 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much to Diane for contributing, and to Victoria for donating goods! ❤

LJ
$30
Lucy & Jessica
8 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much to Lucy for her purchase, and Jessica for donating services! ❤

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