It's Been A Journey
My name is Christine Lee. I am a single mother of three and a grandmother to one. I've been a registered nurse since 1997 and have spent over 20 years working in hospice and pain management. I’ve worked in various hospice agencies, in every nursing role available, including director and consultant.
In 2018, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma- a very aggressive form of cancer. After failing two chemotherapy concoctions, I was offered a cutting-edge treatment at UCSD called CAR-T cell therapy in 2019. I was one of the first 10 recipients of the treatment in San Diego County since it’s FDA approval. It saved my life! Learn more about CAR-T cell therapy HERE.
To say it was an easy road would be a lie. After I received the treatment, I could feel a war going on in my body. I was weak and exhausted- requiring walker and a wheelchair. I vomited what felt like 20 times a day. I required several blood transfusions. I was restless and felt like crawling out of my skin. But the good news was that I could feel the tumor in my breast melt away.
During an appointment with my oncologist at UCSD, he was at his wits end trying to get my vomiting and restlessness under control with traditional medications. He then said, “Stop all of your medicines and go back on your medical marijuana”. I had stopped my cannabis oils just prior to receiving CAR-T under the direction of my oncologist since it was such new treatment.
Once I re-started the cannabis oils, as in THE VERY NEXT DAY, my strength returned- no more walker, no more wheelchair, no more shower chair, no more restlessness. Vomiting decreased from 20 times per day to maybe 5! I was on track to getting better!
Fast forward to 2020, I was back at work full-time as a nurse. I’m so grateful to be alive and I know I need to fulfill my purpose. God said, “You ain’t done yet!”
So I stand here before you trying to utilize everything I’ve learned as a nurse, as a mother, and as a patient, to help others. Whether you are a hospice agency seeking some help, a community organization looking for some education, or a person looking to obtain some guidance on how to utilize cannabis as medicine, please reach out. I’d love to help.