Rebecca Gonzalez – Mother of two – Epilepsy and Autism
My name is Rebecca Gonzalez. I am 33 years old and live in Glendora, California, with my husband and two special needs children. In 2007 I graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University San Bernardino with my Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. I spent my college years working with the disabled from preschool age through adulthood. It became my passion to educate, care-for and help students reach their full potential in life. In 2010 I gave birth to my son, Gavin, who was born prematurely and required immediate medical attention. Over the next five years he was diagnosed cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder, autism, cyclic vomiting syndrome and an extremely rare chromosomal anomaly. In 2012 my daughter, Kacie, was born. Kacie was diagnosed severely autistic by three years of age. Having a background in special education has given me the knowledge and insight to fight for my children and their rights. Of course, with any type of diagnosis come specialists, therapists, various medications and treatments plans. My family has experienced various forms of therapy including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Applied Behaviors Analysis. We have also experienced firsthand the devastation that various pharmaceuticals can have on a young child’s body. As a recent medical marijuana advocate, I am here to share my successes and setbacks in using full plant cannabis extract to provide the best quality of life for my children.