Miss Understood: The DEA is Taking My Lifeline Away

Over the past few years I’ve become very knowledgeable when it comes to different types of pain medications. There is no cure for my constant pain, but I know what works for me and what doesn’t, and I make sure…

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Jacqueline Rainwater

My Story: Fighting for Cannabis Legalization

I am fighting for marijuana (cannabis) legalization in England for my chronic pain. I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. I found the love of my life in England and came over here in 2011 to be with…

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Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting.

Robin Williams and the Power of Truth-Telling

Robin Williams’ death has provoked many disorienting feelings for this woman in pain. Ultimately, his loss has left me with the reality that hiding our hurt can destroy us. Two weeks ago when a friend apprized me by phone of…

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Pills for Breakfast: Why I Need Hydrocodone

Hello! My name is Crystal Lindell and I’m on opioids — specifically, morphine and hydrocodone. I need these medications on a daily basis to help manage my chronic pain. And by “chronic pain” I mean daily pain so horrible that…

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