A good amount of people don’t wake up in the afternoon and tell themselves, “I’m going to consistently ask for help at every single period of my life.” There’s a great deal of strength and courage in having the humility to ask for assistance when you entirely need it, but it’s also human nature to move towards self-sufficiency. It makes us feel great about ourselves when we are independent and capable. My disabled loved ones would give anything to be as physically capable as they were in the past, and it breaks my heart to see it. My mom told me at a particular moment that her body is her prison and it made me easily well up with tears almost in no time. I totally feel incredibly fortunate that the few disabilities that I have do not hold me back so much that they make a “normal type of life” impossible at this stage. I have to be entirely mindful of how I use my left arm, but my only true struggle is my finances. Going for food stamps made me feel somewhat worthless at first, but now that I am also getting discounts at the medical cannabis dispensaries it entirely feels empowering. There are numerous major cannabis dispensary companies in our state that offer discounts on all purchases if you happen to have a food stamps card. One pot shop offers 20% off, another offers 15% off, and the final comes in at 10% off. That’s a pretty huge savings being a food stamp recipient on top of the money you get from the government for food to begin with. Every little bit of savings helps, especially when I’m shopping at the medical cannabis dispensaries in my state. Some have wonderful deals from time to time, but others have outrageous prices on numerous cannabis products.