Daniel Mason: Parkinson's and Peripheral Neuropathy

Daniel Mason lives in Layton, Utah. Raised in San Diego it was there that Daniel began his family. In 2004 they relocated and began skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing, it was around this time that Daniel began his career at Zions Bank.

In 2007 Daniel began noticing that his right thumb twitching once in a while but he thought nothing of it. Over the next few years it slowly progressed and eventually his entire right hand began twitching. His wife was certain that it was attributed to possible nerve damage as a result of an earlier heart attack that left him with two stents. She had remembered seeing Daniel have what appeared to be some sort of seizure as they were wheeling him into surgery for the heart attack.

As time went by Daniel started to have leg pain and tingling in his right leg and foot. After much coaxing from a coworker Daniel went to see a physician and was diagnosed as being in the early stages of Parkinson’s and Peripheral Neuropathy. His doctor recommended that he immediately started on a regiment of medications treat his condition. Nausea, sedation, hallucinations, confusion, and emotional and mental agitation became the norm.

“I’m not myself when I take all of the medications that I have to just to function. The side effects are almost as bad as my condition.”

After a lot of study and research Daniel began to read stories of other people who had used medical cannabis to mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

“I’m going to talk to my neurologist at my next visit about this because I want to try something different. I want to live my life, I want to start hiking again, and I want to relieve the worst symptoms of my Parkinson’s.”

Daniel is sharing his story to urge lawmakers to support medical cannabis in the state of Utah. Although he hasn’t tried medical cannabis yet, he believes it holds promise to mitigate the worst symptoms of his condition.