I have leukemia that has gone into remission. This makes me so grateful for my wife and the doctors who are caring for me. My wife is the one who has been pushing me every day to make it through this. She was the one who pushed me to go to a Marlton medical marijuana dispensary after I had been putting it off. I wasn’t against it at all. I had just become so depressed that I felt there is nothing that could help me. I was giving up. I knew that on some level, but my wife was the one who could see it even more clearly. She demanded that I listen to her and actually do everything that I can about my situation.
I’ve never been a major tough guy or someone who is really soft. I am just an average guy who was living a nice life up until the time that I was diagnosed. I have two children, and I work hard to support them and my wife. My job has taken me out of town often, which means that I have missed out on too much of my home life. I kept pushing myself at work while reminding myself that I would not have to keep working so hard for the rest of my life. I told myself that I would be able to slow down one day, and then I would be able to catch up with things that I have missed at home.
When the doctor sat me down in his office and told me that I have leukemia, I sat there for a moment thinking about how I would miss out on being home more with my kids and wife. I told myself that I might not make it. I was quitting before I even got started. Then, I became a full-on quitter as I got further into treatment. It is very lucky that my wife recognized this in me and has helped me to stand up and push back.