Article by Patricia Callahan, Bangor Daily News
I admire Susan Meehan.
She’s a mom of four, formerly of Connecticut, now of Maine since 2013. Meehan moved to Maine to have access to cannabis oil used to treat her daughter, Cyndimae’s, Dravet Syndrome, a condition that caused severe daily seizures.
Treated with cannabis oil, Cyndimae’s seizures slowed to one or two a week, and she was able to gain weight and work her way out of her wheelchair. Meehan says the cannabis oil gave her a couple really good years where she was able to walk and attend school and other activities.
I had a chance to visit with Meehan this past Saturday at her home in Augusta. Sadly, Cyndimae passed away in March of this year, and Meehan’s grief is still fresh when she glances at Cyndimae’s portrait nearby. It’s a beautiful picture of a very happy young girl.
Other than that moment looking at her daughter’s picture, Meehan manages to turn her grief into a calm strength she uses to continue being a loving mom to her remaining three children. Meehan also uses that strength to continue advocating for the rights of children as pertaining to medical cannabis treatment.