Watching Jackson progress over the past few weeks is the greatest thing that has happened for our family in quite some time. As I watch him playing with his siblings, participating in household chores, and insisting on doing things for his self I begin to realize that my “baby” boy will not be a baby any longer. Jackson has been walking so well he needs me less every day. I find him finally doing things that most two-year old’s have mastered and it melts my heart. I am filled with joy as I find him raiding the pantry for Marshmallows. Teaching him to master the art of walking up and down steps, recalling how simple and easy this was for my four other children it reminds me just how far behind Jackson is. This same realization also reminds me how blessed he is because there are so many other children who will never meet these milestones. With every step he takes I think of those who are still in need and it pulls at my heart. I recall how I was frustrated at the pharmacy when I had to have Jackson’s newest script filled. Just to be told the insurance will not cover this, then being told that the pharmacy couldn’t fill the medication if the insurance did cover it. The reason being this was a special medicine that had to be mixed a certain way and only a handful of pharmacy’s were capable of doing so. To top it off the cost of the medicine alone would have dead ended us as it was not affordable. This brings to the front of my mind the struggles so many parents like my self are facing. As parents we deserve the legal right to treat our children safely with any medication made from the cannabis plant. We should not be named criminals for wanting to do right by our children. We took that responsibility when we decided to bring these children into the world, and it is out duty to provide them safety, security, nourishment and all necessary medical care. It is my belief that giving Jackson medicine extracted from the cannabis plant is necessary for treating his medical conditions. So many out there would argue this saying I’m masking his pain and that’s what is allowing him walk. To you I say watch the beginning of his journey again. Those first two videos of Jackson were recorded while he was taking Lortab. For those who do not know Lortab is a Hydrocodone bitartrate and Acetaminophen oral solution. In simple terms he was taking Opioid medication. This alleviated some of his pain yet he struggled to move because the Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy was not being treated by the Lortab or naproxen he had been taken. Why is that? Well the Lortab masks pain and the Naproxen reduces inflammation, none of those drugs relaxed any of these muscles that were causing him to struggle with movement. Jackson continued fighting to use muscles that refused to respond. This is where the CBD oil changes Jackson life. Adding 12:1 CDB/THC oil to his treatment gave him exactly what his body needed. Giving him relief safely and with out side effects. The high CBD relaxed those tightened muscles and once he found his footing he was off to the races. Working muscles he had not been able to use before, he was no longer fighting against his own body allowing him the energy to keep going. He didn’t need to rest as often the first few days. Jackson is building good muscle tone and he continues to do so getting better day by day. And yes he still has some bad days where he is hurting and not moving so well, however these new “bad” days are nothing compared to his old bad days.