This is Cynthia Ballenger’s Kratom Testimony and Story. She supports free access to Kratom, Mitragyna Speciosa and is against the FDA scheduling it.
‘Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story today even though I’m unable to be there in person!’
‘My name is Cynthia and im a 39 resident of MD, wife, mother of 3 boys and a full time employee and have been for 2 solid years. I say that because I have not always been solid. In 2002 I was diagnosed by multiple doctors with chronic pain condition call fibromyalgia along with multiple bulged discs due to a bad car accident. I am in pain every day all day and that will never go away or get better with time or medication trust me I have tried. Doctors had me on so many different medications I have lost tract of exactly how many. I have had multiple invasive procedures that have either not worked or have left me in more pain then I was in to begin with. The last 5 of the 15yrs I was on 30mg oxcycodone 4 times a day 60mg morphine 3 times a day and soma a muscle relaxer 3 times a day. That is a very high dose of pain medication! To say the least I wasn’t a solid mother to my children or a dependable employee. I wasnt married yet because it’s alot to ask someone to take all of my kinds of struggles on. Daily chronic pain 3 kids unable to hold down a good job not great qualities.’
‘I was on a support group for pain and saw someone say they had found something that helped with their pain. I reached out to them and at the time thought what did I have to loose? I had tried so many other supplements that didnt help at all that I really didnt have high hopes.’
‘Well on March 22nd it will be 2yrs since I have had any pain medication AT ALL! With the help of this natural supplement I was able to completely stop everything. It was not easy by any means! When they tell you that you won’t die from withdrawal you will just want to. I see very negative articles about kratom coming from rehabs and pharmaceutical companies in connection with the FDA who never tell you how horrible methadone and suboxin are! They r highly addictive and so hard to get off of just like heroin. Some ppl stay on those for life! You never read that.’
‘Kratom made it easier for me to walk away from all the bad chemicals I was putting in my body. It was my choice to stop taking pain medication I was not forced to like I have heard alot of ppl have been. But if kratom where to be banned I would have no choice but to see a doctor who now is restricted with guidelines on what they can prescribe. A ban would be devastating to me and my family. I can’t begin to tell you all the wonderful things that have happened in my life but just a few.’
‘I married the man that stuck by me for the past ten years. He saw that I was able to get rid of the medication that was causing so many problems in my life from my kids to work and my health. We have now been married happily for 2yrs and I truly know how proud he is of me for what I’m doing now. I have been working full time for the same company for 2 yrs almost now which is something I was never able to do before! I was on so much medication I was continuously getting fired for just dumb things that never would have happened with a clear mind. I actually was employee of the month for interstate hotels which is where I am today. They actually depend on me and know they can. My kids have benefited the most! My oldest who is 19 now says he feels safe leaving me home alone so he can become a marine. Before he didnt want to leave home afraid something would happen to me.’
‘I am not pain free! Kratom makes the pain I feel bearable for me to function on a day to day basis. I still have limitations I still have my condition. If we can keep Kratom safe and educate the public we can help so many more ppl with stories like mine. The protection act could be a tool in the epidemic this country is facing today. You can save someone who doesn’t even know they want saved yet. Most importantly you would be saving someone like me and mother and a wife who has already found it to not be dangerous if taken reasonably.’