Pat has lived with chronic pain for 17 years and has found relief with medicinal cannabis, allowing her to continue teaching and living a better life.

It all started in 2003 when Pat discovered she had a non cancerous tumour in her bowel removed. During the process, and without her knowledge or consent, surgical mesh was placed inside. While the surgery was a success in removing the tumour, it started her on a long road of chronic pain.

After seeing her doctor and specialists multiple times, along with multiple tests and investigations, nothing wrong could be found. The pain continued to the point of intolerance. “It was at this point that I did my own research and found that there were many others like me out there who had this mesh inserted and suffered long term pain as a result” says Pat. Since that time, the mesh has been removed from the market. Pat returned to her specialists and requested for it’s removal, but her concerns were met with doubts. “It was a really tricky situation because the specialists were not sure if it was the mesh that was causing it or not, but I am convinced”. Following the recall of the mesh from the market, it was further apparent that it was causing her pain.

Pat has been a teacher all her life and loves her job, but by 2019 the pain had taken it’s toll and she was ready to quit.  “It was then that I thought of various ways I can help myself live a better life and I considered medicinal cannabis”. In 2019, Pat contacted the Cannabis Clinic and commenced her treatment.

“Well, it has been amazing! At first I felt myself relax. I had obviously been tensing up to control the pain. Now I find I can do a whole lot more during the day and not pay the price the following day! I still get tired but never feel the need for extra pain relief. I was going to retire from teaching but have decided I can continue part time this year”

– Pat

Pat continues to use medicinal cannabis to help her pain but recently has been able to lodge a claim with ACC for this to be approved as a treatment injury. This has yet to be approved. While not teaching, Pat lives on her farm with alpaca’s with her family.

Billboard on Anzac Avenue and Beach Road, Auckland with Pat’s story. July 2020

“So I just want to say a big thank you for your help. It has made a big improvement to my quality of life”

– Pat

The team at the Cannabis Clinic would like to wish Pat all the very best and will continue to support her in her journey to a better life.