American idioms are a dime a dozen. We often search for more clever ways to describe a situation, resulting in hundreds of idioms known in the US. As we continue our spotlight series, many such idioms come to mind when considering how this Arkansas organization came to be. Descriptors such as “every cloud has a silver lining,” “it is always darkest the hour before the dawn,” and “suffering is bitter, but its fruits are sweet” seem appropriate when hearing the background story of this non-profit’s founder, Wendy Love Edge. Lend me your ear as we hear this tale of suffering, sorrow, and rebirth.
“I am a disabled survivor of American Healthcare.” As I hear Wendy’s words, an eerily similar tale of medication failure and life-threatening side effects, disability, and financial bankruptcy begins to repeat itself. Many of these words, and the situation itself, are similar to the suffering thousands of Americans go through every day. As I listen, the heart-wrenching story of our healthcare system’s failure plays out: a repeating cycle of inadvertent opiate addiction and horrendous medication side effects…. a story of disability and financial ruin…. a story that started with a rare auto-immune side effect from a commonly prescribed cholesterol medication….. a common story line echoed across America as we fight for the right to use cannabis, the only medication that effectively treats many of the incurable diseases we are faced with today.
Her story continues with a tale of cannabis discovery and alternative care successes, beginning her path into cannabis medication and alternative healthcare advocacy. Although still disabled, Wendy does not let that stop her mission to educate others about their health options, inspire optimal health, and improve access to alternative health care options. This non-profit organization’s reach has spread into four states: Arkansas, Rhode Island, Massachussetts, and Connecticut. Methods of promotion include a *TV/Radio broadcast “The Wendy Love Edge Show With Topher Kogen” (in its third season-viewing information at end), local festival promotions, a food/ restaurant guide for special dietary needs, organizing speaker/ education panels, and implementing a patient care assistance program that helps eligible patients pay for alternative healthcare costs. Assistance is available for all forms of alternative care ranging from cannabis certification or state registration fees to accupuncture or chiropractic care.
The patient assistance program is currently accepting applications, although funding is limited and eligibility is required. To raise funds for the assistance program, Bulldozer Health is accepting donations and planning a repeat of last year’s festival in Fayetteville. working in conjunction with local sponsors and American Shaman CBD. The Green Heart Festival was a rousing success last year and has since been expanded to a three day event starting April 18th (and ending on 4/20, of course). Festival events will include art shows, vendors, live music, food, a march to end prohibition**, and much more. Grab your tickets here, read about the concert line-up, and plan to bring your friends and family. Tickets are a nominal $4.20 each. Event information, blogs, education, vendor and patient assistance applications, along with a volunteer form are available on the website. All proceeds go to the patient assistance program to assist others in need. Volunteers are needed, welcomed, and greatly appreciated. Please join us as we feature the exciting festival offerings on the next ARK420 newsletter!
* The Wendy Love Edge Show With Topher Kogen” is TV syndicated and airs in 3 states. Arkansas is kpsq.org and at 97.3FM. She can also be found at Cox 218 and U-verse channel 99 on FPTV in Fayetteville.
** Wendy feels very strongly about ending prohibition. “I want the Federal Government to end prohibition and deschedule the medicine because that’s the only thing that will lead to access for all and not leave patients behind.”
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