“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
The Journey to Here.
Helping others has been my life’s work. My mother tells an endearing story of a four-year old me helping an older man load a carton of milk into his grocery basket after I noticed him struggling. My idea of success has always revolved around helping others achieve their goals.
Becoming a nurse for me was a natural progression and epitomized my idea of success. I began my career in critical care and thoroughly enjoyed taking care of my patients and their families. I love the complexities of critical care and prided myself on being a pro-active nurse. If scenario A occurred, my goal was to prevent scenario B from happening. I was good at it, too. I received awards from employers, letters from patients’ and hugs from families who I helped support through the final hours of their loved one’s life. Yet, something was missing. It was as if my soul knew this was just a proving ground to discover my truth. Helping others define their personal vision of health and wellness to improve their quality of life.
As a critical care nurse, I bore witness to unimaginable and unnecessary suffering. It was not uncommon for a terminally ill patient, or a family member to whisper a question in my ear, “Do you think marijuana would help?” I have always understood the fact that cannabis’ has helped alleviate nausea, vomiting, pain, and glaucoma symptoms, and I would respond with such. Fast-forward to 2019, now many of my friends and family began openly asking me for my nursing opinion about cannabidiol (CBD) products. I realized and confessed I did not fully understand how or why cannabis worked.
The nursing code of ethics states, the nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient. Their questions exposed a knowledge gap for me and placed me on a path of research that was beyond fascinating and full of hope.
Through my research, I came to understand that we all have a system in our body called the endocannabinoid system and it plays a role in nearly every other process that occurs within our body’s to maintain our health. Additionally, the active compounds in Cannabis, can be used as a supplement to help support our body without getting high.
Another valuable discovery was how cannabis can enhance our mood and encourage social interaction. This was exciting to me because all my life, I have struggled with social anxiety. It is the fear of being watched, judged, and not belonging, and it makes socializing a physical and emotional grind.
Then, I found this article published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry in early 2019. It concluded small doses of CBD seemed to help reduce the participant’s anxiety. So, I bought my first CBD oil tincture and began my personal cannabis journey. Within a month, I knew what I would be doing with the rest of my nursing career.
Why Tedder Wellness?
In creating Tedder Wellness, I hope to shine a positive light on the potential of the world’s most misunderstood plant. I want to help others understand how cannabis can be utilized as a supplement. As a nurse, I cringe when I see advertisements that tout CBD or cannabis is a cure all. I do not believe in outright legalization as doing such would create mayhem in the existing unregulated market and create additional barriers for medical patients to obtain consistent, quality cannabis medicine.
I believe wellness, begins in our hearts and minds through the use of self-compassion. Self-Compassion is not an open invitation to make excuses for our perceived shortcomings. Instead, it is permission to be the imperfect person we are today and strive to be a better one tomorrow. It is flipping our perspective from being a person full of fatal flaws to being a person full of improvement opportunities. It is giving ourselves room to discover what we long for in our life and chasing that longing with as much reckless abandon as possible.
Finally, I invite everyone to joining me on a journey of exploration, education, and advocacy for the right to use cannabis as medicine. Together we will discover a new vision of wellness – Tedder Wellness.