Patient Story: Ashley England
Medical Cannabis helps professional vocalist overcome RA
Medical Cannabis helps local Professional vocalist overcome RA
Ashley England, successful businesswoman, professional vocalist, rock star, wife, daughter, and friend/patient of PDI Medical. A full life that unfortunately was made difficult with a Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) diagnosis when she was only 15 years old. Now 27 years old, Ashley is please to say that she has her RA under control thanks to Medical Cannabis.
For many years Ashley suffered with her RA. She saw rheumatologists, was prescribed many heavy duty meds and suffered not only from this debilitating disease but the side effects of potent drugs. In 2016, with the assistance of PDI Medical, she found the right cannabis solutions and completely changed her life. Prior to trying medical cannabis she was on 40 MG of Prednisone for 10 years as well as a host of other strong RA drugs. Now Ashley is so happy to say that she is down to 6 MG of Prednisone and on track to be completely off all steroids by this fall! Ashley says, “ now that I have an option for treatment that helps me without side effects I will never go back. I am proud to say that medical cannabis works for me and I want to share my story so that others can be helped.”
Ashley’s rheumatologist at Rush University Medical Center finds her progress amazing and he can’t believe the change in her lifestyle. She had tried every RA drug available including Humira (biologic immunosupressive drug). She found that prescription drugs helped for awhile and then she would suffer severe side effects. Now she is off all but the small dose of prednisone and has no intention of trying any other prescription drugs. Her doctor has been supportive of her medical cannabis use because he sees the difference it has made in Ashley’s life and he is very interested in learning more about it. Ashley sees the importance of educating medical professionals to help eliminate the stigma associated with cannabis.
With RA, Ashley found that not every day was horrible but that she would have flareups that would shut her down. That was before medical cannabis. Now, she is more confident in her day to day. She has joined a new band and works as a professional vocalist singing at weddings, private events and parties, and local music venues.
Ashley married 2 years ago and is able to enjoy a full and active life. You can find her music at www.ashleyenglandmusic.com
We are proud to say Ashley sang at our Medical Cannabis expo last year. Once again in the fall when we have our second expo, Ashley will be performing and you can hear her live!
Ashley chose PDI Medical as her professional dispensary originally because of a family member recommendation. She checked it out online and emailed Joseph Friedman, PDI Medical Owner/Pharmacist. She was so please that he emailed back immediately, answered her questions, and suggested a personal consult. Ashley appreciated that Joseph was a pharmacist and that he took the time to walk through her condition and treatment options. During her first visit, she also met with our Cannabis Nurse, Sarah who impressed Ashley with her medical knowledge. Sarah really explained what was going on and how cannabis could help her condition. Ashley appreciates the hands on consulting and the medical expertise she gets from PDI Medical staff and says that she is more than happy to drive an hour to be a PDI Medical patient. Ashley says, “Cannabis is a huge part of my life because it helped me eliminate my struggles. I can be more confident in my day to day. I love PDI Medical because they care about me. I love the staff and I love what Medical Cannabis has done for me.” Thank you Ashley, we love you too!