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There’s no denying the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Its remarkable ability to heal and bring relief to people suffering from insomnia, chronic pain and nausea have elevated it from an illicit drug to a wellness tool that should be placed in the category of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Doctors are beginning to acknowledge it as a therapy that supports conventional treatments. Currently, 33 states have enacted robust medical marijuana programs, making it possible for more patients to access cannabis as a treatment option.

Personal stories only help to prove that cannabis should be taken seriously as a medical treatment…

RIP Boobs — thanks for nothing!

Me copping one last feel before my bilateral mastectomy on Jan. 3, 2017.

During the course of my treatment all I could focus on was kicking some cancer butt and ridding my body of the tumor that had grown to cover half of my left breast. When surgery day came I took once last glance under my shirt and bid those bitches adieu.

But in the months since my surgery I have come to find myself mourning the loss of my breasts. And a huge part of that has been attributed to the change in my self image. My body is covered in scars and cellulite (I…

Ringing the bell on my last day of radiation April 10, 2017.

So here I am, 14 months later and cancer free and while I am elated to have reached the proverbial finishline, I have as much if not more anxiety than I did when I was first diagnosed.

This is the point I have been working so hard to reach, hell, my whole family has worked so hard to get to this point. But here I am, on the other end and I find myself being pulled into racing thoughts — Will my cancer come back? If it does, will it kill me? Will I be around long enough that my…

Establishing a “new normal”

Celebrating my last chemo on Nov. 28, 2016.

In the last week I have cried almost as much as I did when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. On May 18, 2016 I first heard the words “you have cancer” when I was six months pregnant and on April 12 I will ring a bell that will ceremoniously mark the end of treatment. After 16 rounds of chemo, three two surgeries and 26 radiation treatments I will be deemed cancer free and sent on my merry way. …

Jesse, Chloë and Jenny Leyh

The third trimester is usually filled with last-minute preparations. Nesting in the form of preparing baby’s room, buying all the last minute items, and being showered by friends and family. Mine was kicked off with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Earlier in my pregnancy, around 20 weeks, I had noticed a lump on my left breast. Pregnancy changes your body in so many ways, breasts included, so I didn’t think much of it. But when the mass seemed to grow and become hard, I finally said something to my OB. My doctor felt the mass and said, “wow, that’s pretty…

Jenny Swigoda Leyh

mama, cancer survivor, writer

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