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CBS Texas: Parents Jay and Amy Novacek fight for son’s health



Expanding the state’s medical marijuana program is of the utmost importance to former Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek and his wife, Amy Novacek. Both have worked tirelessly advocating for the bill on behalf of their son, Blake who they say can better manage his seizures thanks to medical marijuana. He has struggled with a multitude of health issues, including seizures and migraines from a traumatic head injury in 2015. Blake has up to 15 seizures a day and has injured himself when that happens.

“He was in a fraternity hazing incident,” said Amy. “He was hit in the stomach with a baseball bat. He fell back and cracked his head and was unconcious for six to ten hours, and he was left there to die. And this is the repercussions of it.”

Two years ago, one of Blake’s doctors prescribed medical marijuana under the state’s “Compassionate Use Program.” And it helped. But there are some serious drawbacks.

Blake has to ingest his medical marijuana through carrier oil. But current restrictions can cause side effects for some patients because of the amount they need to ingest. Blake has suffered serious gastrointestinal issues from the amount of oil, not the amount of medicine in it.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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