Cecilia Sivertson: Shutting the Medicine Cabinet and Opening the Fridge
MMJ Patient: Cecilia Sivertson, Seattle, WA
Orange cream, Citrus, or Peach? That sounds a lot more delicious than a bitter narcotic or pain pill, doesn’t it? You’d never guess that Cecilia Sirvertson was anything other than the happiest spunkiest lady you’ve ever met! But she once was different: She was overweight, depressed, unhappy, and her body was failing her. She is epileptic and spent over 40 years on pharmaceuticals that deteriorated her health one pill at a time, until one day she discovered alternative treatment. And that was it! Now, instead of opening her medicine cabinet in the morning, she opens up her fridge and grabs a soda… a delicious cannabis-infused soda!
What medical condition have you been struggling with?
I’ve had epilepsy since I was 12 years old and have been on rounds and round of various pharmaceuticals since then. Until, of course, I came to use cannabis as treatment for my condition.
How long have you been experiencing your medical condition?
I’ve been struggling with my condition since I was 12, so over 40 years now.
What do you believe caused this medical condition?
I don’t really know for certain. My neurologist said it was a trauma-induced disorder. When I was 12 years old, I started having seizures for no reason at all and they took me to the doctor. Under normal circumstances, epilepsy is brought on by a head trauma such as a concussion, but I had not suffered from anything equivalent to that, so my doctors were not able to tell me what had caused me to develop epilepsy.
What medications have you been taking that were prescribed to you by your doctor?
The prescriptions that I’ve taken for my epilepsy have ranged across the board, whether they were narcotics or just epileptic ’trial and error’ medications. A lot of the medications I have taken in the past have been these ‘trial and error’ meds. One medication that I took up to about 20 years ago, ended up causing my liver to swell, so they had to take me off that medication and put me on another one to help what the last one had caused.
What side effects did you experience from the prescribed medication by your doctor?
After years of medications from my doctors, I’ve suffered countless side effects. The worst repercussions were the depression and weight gain. I got severe arthritis in my hands. My spine began deteriorating because of the years of pharmaceuticals and because of that I have lost feeling in my legs. I have eye vision problems and pain all over… while one of the worst effects of all was what I endured when I tried to stop taking a certain type of pill: the withdrawals. I had horrible nausea and really wasn’t able to function.
After years of medications from my doctors, I’ve suffered countless side effects.
I was having severe tremors in my hands and arms every morning when I woke up, I was depressed and felt really terrible. The prescription drugs made me feel so bad and have even more medical issues than I already had. This is the reason why I started my company, Nana’s Secret sodas. They made all the difference in my life and I know that they can help other patients like myself. I suffered a whole variety of medical issues from taking my prescriptions for the past 40 years and that’s why I made the healthier choice and switched to cannabis. I have weened myself off every single one of my previous meds except one. I have just one more to go and my goal is to drop that one this month and be pharmaceutical-free by 2015.
What type of alternative medicine have you tried aside from your doctor’s recommendation?
To be honest, I was not even aware that cannabis was even an option for the treatment of my epilepsy. One day, someone came into my office and saw how sick I was and said to me, “You should go up the street and buy some cannabis! It will make you feel better!” I had no idea! That’s when I really started experimenting with it. I started with brownies and then came into my label shop one day and saw all the soda labels being printed and said to myself, ‘Wow! What about cannabis-infused soda?’ That’s when I started Nana’s Secret sodas and began to ween myself off my my prescriptions and switch to cannabis as my main treatment.
For a year, I drank a soda every day. After about 2 months, I started noticing that I wasn’t tired anymore, I was losing weight, and my morning tremors were completely gone. When I started the Nana’s Secret business, I was literally going and going 24/7 working around the clock and I’m 56 years old. This is not something I could do without cannabis, I can tell you that! Without cannabis I would have been having seizures just from the lack of sleep that I was getting.
How long have you been using the alternative medicine?
I started drinking Nana’s Secret cannabis-infused soda in April 2013, so well over a year.
It was such a relief that I was finally able to develop a product that stopped my tremors, allowed me to come off my prescriptions, feel better, and have more energy than I had before. I believe in cannabis and its healing powers and I think that everyone needs to know about it. Cannabis will correct the medical issues of so many that been struggling their entire lives with no sign of relief in sight. There are so many people out there treating themselves with pharmaceuticals and enduring the harmful side effects, when they could be using cannabis instead and live happier without any side effects at all.
There are so many people out there treating themselves with pharmaceuticals and enduring the harmful side effects, when they could be using cannabis instead and live happier without any side effects at all.
How have you felt since you started using the alternative medicine? Compared to your prescribed medications?
A million times better! Every day I get up and I’m able to function. I go to Nana’s Secret to work, do events, and do everything that needs to be done. I feel great! I’m 40 lbs. lighter than I was a year ago because of the cannabis and I just feel really really good! And I want everyone else to feel good! It’s such a simple thing: Drink a soda and feel better. Cannabis isn’t medicine that will make you sick. It’s not medicine that will make you feel worse than before, it’s medicine that works to truly heal you. Nana’s Secret soda is medicine that tastes delicious, can there be anything better for you?
Do you think you will continue with using alternative medicine?
Oh I would never go back to using prescription drugs now that I’ve found that the cannabis oil works so well for my epilepsy! There is absolutely no need to!