Today marks yet another milestone for my father Stan Rutner – sometimes referred to as “The Miracle Man”. The oncologists at Kaiser Permanente who treated him nearly 4 1/2 years ago, have given him this name as his remarkable remission from stage IV-lung cancer with metastases to the brain puzzles them to this day.
Today, my dad is 82! Every birthday, every Christmas, every family get together is seasoned with more love, light and gratefulness than ever before. I regret that it takes a struggle such as cancer to bring the gift of understanding to the forefront of our minds. I have always appreciated my parents, friends and family, but when cancer strikes we learn that love is all that matters. Simple arguments and struggles in life make no sense anymore. Life becomes so simple and easy.
So today, I want to talk about what IS. Today, dad is 82 years young. His love for education has never wavered. A Stanford University graduate, class of 1955 and Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, he continues to enjoy listening to the regular history lessons at his senior citizen community. The strength and balance classes he participates in there continue, while my mom goes to her water aerobics workouts. Their love is rock-solid to say the least! My parents are the epitome of strength, perseverance, grace and love. Together they have faced two bouts of breast cancer, one bout with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and lung cancer. Greeting every day as if it were their last is commonplace for these two.
Dad is thrilled to see that we at United Patients Group have committed ourselves to helping others. Our family learned through this adversity, how cannabis treatment can be a remarkable tool for health, wellness and sometimes recovery.
Dad had another scan a little over a month ago, and four and a half years after his initial diagnosis, he continues on his cancer-free path. He hopes to see others legally gain access to this medicine and speaks regularly of the unfairness that these prohibition laws have created. One of dad’s biggest questions is, “Why am I allowed to live yet someone in a cannabis illegal state (with the same disease) gets a death sentence?” We ask ourselves the same question every day and there simply is no valid explanation.
Today, through our work at United Patients Group, we are thankful to be able to educate physicians and medical institutions on the science behind medical cannabis, while continuing to provide a virtual hand to patients, just like my father, who are in need of reliable, trustworthy information. We are thankful that many more lives are being improved or saved and we are thankful that my father, Stan Rutner, is still here, happy and healthy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I LOVE YOU!
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