Michelle Ann “Mak” Davis, RN, CMSRN
I graduated from Greenville Technical College in 2000, with an Associates Degree in Nursing Sciences. I’m a member of the Association of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN), and the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA). I’ve worked several fields of nursing, to include; Trauma, Medical-Surgical, Urology, Orthopedics, and currently (for last 6 years) Behavioral Medicine.
Watching the ones you love suffer, and suffering yourself, is not only exhausting, but heartbreaking. That is why I became involved with advocacy, and the fight for safe, legal access to medicinal cannabis. My father, and uncles are Vietnam Veterans, with medical conditions (diabetes, neuropathy, PTSD, cancer, liver cirrhosis etc.) related to exposure to Agent Orange during their service.
My brothers are Veterans with PTSD, and other service related conditions, in addition to medical conditions from 2nd generation Agent Orange exposure. My uncle was virtually a zombie due to his medications for pain & PTSD, and began medicating with cannabis instead. He is able to function much better than he was able to on all the medications and chemicals prescribed to him. My cousins also are effected by 2nd generation Agent Orange exposure. One cousin had testicular cancer at age 30, and another had endometriosis which resulted in her requiring a hysterectomy by age 28. Her children have autism.
I also have medical conditions related to 2nd generation Agent Orange exposure, including chronic neck and back pain with spasms, fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and a plethora of other medical conditions. I too had to have a hysterectomy at age 28 due to chronic pain from endometriosis. My daughter has 3rd generation Agent Orange related medical conditions. She has a seizure disorder, angioedema, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) overlap, and a plethora of other medical & mental conditions. She has been on medication for her seizure disorder since age 13, and now has liver failure from the different medications she’s been on. She’s only 21 years old. Medicinal Cannabis would help with all of our conditions, and is a much safer alternative than the medications and chemicals we take now.
Many of the very medications we take, are responsible for the deaths of others. Cannabis has caused NO deaths. In addition to my family and friends, thousands of South Carolinians could benefit from legal access to this safe, effective medicine, that’s been used for thousands of years. As a nurse, it’s my sworn duty to be an advocate for patients, and to be their voice. I will continue to advocate for a comprehensive medical cannabis program for South Carolina, my loved ones, and the thousands of South Carolinians who could benefit from safe, legal access to this effective medicine.