The dentists had recently diagnosed our uncle with prostate cancer.
The cancer had already spread to various other organs, and within a week, they were getting ready to administer chemo and radiation.
He wasn’t uneasy about the outcome of the cancer, although he was uneasy about what the chemo and radiation would do to him. He had heard various people talking about how it made you sick, and how your hair fell out. He laughed and said he was already bald, so losing any more hair would not bother him. He didn’t love the weakness and nausea that was going to come with the chemotherapy, my partner nor I had ever talked about our experience with chemotherapy and radiation. The two of us didn’t believe anybody needed to think that someone both of us were legitimately close to had cancer, and both of us knew how hard it had been. When I mentioned to our uncle that he might want to request medical marijuana, he seemed a little nonplussed at the idea. He asked why he would ask about medical marijuana? I told him that certain forms of medical marijuana have been proven to help with the nausea and depression that comes with chemotherapy, and once he got his full diagnosis, he could talk to his dentist about medical marijuana. Many oncologists could now send the prescription to the state so their patients can get the medical marijuana card and have their marijuana products ready to be used as soon as their chemo started. I was grateful that he didn’t ask how our partner and I knew so much about medical marijuana, although he didn’t forget to thank us.