"In a small bedroom he’d decorated with his daughter’s drawings, the man they called Big Lovely drafted a to-do list for his final 100 days. There were college teammates to visit, treasured possessions to give away, and a will to write. His affairs in order, he would finally be free to end the suffering. Every joint hurt these days, and the noise in his head wouldn’t stop. He couldn’t sleep, he couldn’t think, and—most heartbreaking
for a man born smiling—he’d lost his will to fight.
There was so much pain, so many blurry days.
It had gotten to the point where Big Lovely could no longer imagine a future free from pain, sorrow, and confusion. This man loved his children more than anything on the planet. He’d coached their teams, cried at their weddings, and cheered at their college commencements. He’d cradled their babies when the little ones woke up early, wrapping them in his massive arms with a tenderness you wouldn’t expect from
a 6’4”, 350-pound Goliath who’d made his living smashing heads. He loved his family so fiercely, so passionately, that he rarely went five minutes without bragging on them. But the time had come to say goodbye. Father, friend, and football hero, Lonnie Palelei was finished." - Johnathan Dorn
Retired NFL Lineman Lonnie Palelei for a story on how he started using cannabis to treat his physical pain as well as a variety of mental health issues caused by head trauma from a long career as professional football player. Most importantly, how the plant ended up saving his life. Photograhed for NatuRx