By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
November 28, 2018 (La Mesa) — The driver fell asleep at the wheel but was not injured. But La Mesa resident and passenger Mykeah D. Simpson is now a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic due to the 2010 auto accident.
“I broke my spine behind the neck,” said Simpson. “Left me paralyzed in all four limbs.” The auto accident occurred when she was 18. She is now 26. A myriad of physical and mental pains ensued.
Simpson turned to CBD hemp oil to deal with the pain.
“This is a life-changing event,” said Simpson, “Before I had anxiety, severe muscle spasms, insomnia, and severe pain. My muscle spasms have gone from 100 to zero. It helps with my depression.”
After hearing a speaker talk about Echo Connection, a non-profit organization founded in 2017 that aims to provide families in need with cannabis education and CBD hemp oil products, Simpson signed up with them.
Since Echo Connection’s first year, more than 70 families receive a monthly shipment of CBD for many different conditions such as epilepsy, autism, Parkinson’s and PTSD. Simpson signed up and started consuming the oil in August of this year.
”I take 3/4 of a teaspoon into my mouth, let it sit there for 30-60 seconds, and it works in 30 minutes,” she noted. Simpson uses Real Scientific Hemp Oil [RSHO] CBD Liquid: Filtered Decarbox 1000mg Cannabidiol in a 4 fl. Oz. (120ml) bottle.
The depression that was the aftermath of the life altering auto accident—having to deal emotionally with changing from an active, able-bodied young adult to a huge loss of independence could have broken her. But since the 2010 accident she has risen to the point of writing a book “Broken But Healed: The Story of a Street Girl’s Ridiculous Faith” that is available on Amazon.
ECM caught up with her at a conference, Third Annual Women of All Abilities Conference and Rolling with Me- Each By Name 2018, held November 17 at the La Mesa Church of Christ. Rolling With Me is a non-profit, growing network of community-based peer support and advocacy that provides a space of acceptance and encouragement for people with disabilities.
The day-long conference contained segments on interpersonal communication, adaptive sports clinic, career training workshop, mental health workshop, adaptive art class, financial advancement, and a dance workshop.
“I was the one that introduced her into using CBD instead of medications,” said Margarita Elizondo, CEO/Founder of Rolling With Me, “She was using increasing amounts of medications.” Elizondo, herself, is in a wheelchair.
“I was shot by an intruder when I was pregnant,” said Elizondo, “I have a spinal cord injury, C-6 and C-7. It was drug related; he had murdered my cousin. They found him in Tijuana – murdered.” Elizondo lost the baby.
Simpson participated in the adaptive boxing session at the conference. She also stays active in adaptive sports in other areas of her life such as skiing.
Simpson is available as an inspirational speaker. You can message her on her book’s page on Amazon.
To reach Echo Connection, visit www.echoconnection.org/.