If a Mom told you she was uprooting her entire family to move 700 miles so her 14-year-old son could have easier access to marijuana, you would probably be hesitant to name her “Mom of the Year.”
But Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran might just be in the running for #1 Mom after what she has done for her family. Amy and husband Jason, have a 14-year-old son Austin, with a catastrophic form of epilepsy known as Dravet, according to ATTN.
In December 2014, the couple left their other children, their friends, and their jobs behind in Oklahoma so they could ensure Austin receives medical marijuana treatment in Colorado Springs, Co.
After moving their family, Amy founded an organization known as the American Medical Refugees. The program aims to help families transition to life in Colorado as they seek cannabis treatment.
And while this family’s way of life may sound shocking and unconventional, it hardly compares with what Austin went through before receiving marijuana treatment.
When Austin was strictly using pharmaceuticals, Amy says he was having “hundreds of grand mal seizures a day.” The doctor approved medication did nothing for Austin’s condition and it even put him on life support when the pharmaceuticals started shutting down his organs.
So, Austin and his parents went to Colorado and since the move and the beginning of cannabis treatment, Austin has improved significantly. It hasn’t been an easy life for this family, but it is an improving one.
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