Jill Radford has lived with uncontrollable shaking for the past decade – her condition so debilitating she has been immobile, housebound, and feeling miserable.
The 65-year-old, from Launceston, Tasmania, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 10 years ago, but it wasn’t until two years ago doctors realised Parkinson’s disease was also to blame for her extreme symptoms.
Ms Radford had all but completely given up on the effectiveness of her prescription medication and any hope of ever getting back to her healthy, active lifestyle – that was until she struck a miracle.
This week she began a course of Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil, and for the first time in 12 years felt completely “normal” again.
Within days of starting the treatment, Ms Radford was thrilled she was able to complete some household duties and go for a walk – simple, menial tasks most people take for granted.
On the third morning, she asked her partner, Leon Cameron, to film her before and after taking a dose of CBD oil, to show others the incredible impact it had so far on her shaking.
“The first time I took it, I felt marvellous, I felt normal for the first time in so long,” Ms Radford said.
The video shows Ms Radford’s body completely transform from shaking continuously, to being totally calm and still.
The “miracle” oil has improved every element of her daily life, with Ms Radford saying she “can do everything now” and it has made her feel “100 per cent better”.
“I’ve done the dishes and could never have done that before, and I’ve been for walks a couple of nights,” she said.
Ms Radford’s family have supported her decision and want her to continue with it, but nobody has noted a more massive difference in her than her partner.
“I’ve noticed she’s been a lot happier, her pain has dropped down a lot, and she’s generally happier in herself and a lot better around the house,” Mr Cameron said.
Prior to starting on CBD, Ms Radford was highly emotional and often felt down because of low levels of dopamine in her brain due to Parkinson’s disease.
“I used to cry a lot, it can get you down so quickly, you have no dopamine in your brain or control of your muscles, can barely walk,” she said.
Now, she hopes to contribute to a movement encouraging the government to make CBD treatments –which are outrageously expensive through medical channels – more available to people with similar conditions.
“We’d like to be able to grow three plants a year for ourselves, because otherwise it’s quite expensive. A lot of people can’t afford it at all,” she said.
Ms Radford takes a small dose in the morning which lasts between six to seven hours, and takes another dose at about 7pm before going to bed.
Among other amazing benefits she’s experienced, she said it had also reduced the appearance of the moles on her body.
She and her partner have encouraged others to do their own research to find out whether CBD oil could be effective for them.
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