Updated: Jun 27, 2022
This episode touches on very deep, psychological aspects of life. Christine raises the subject of an epidemic of adult children divorcing their parents and how traumatic it is for parents can be.
Also, you will learn 10 FACTS about Christine and what she thinks about perfect body image, positive changes, and challenges of 45+ women, what is it for her to feel good and look beautiful, and what advice she would give younger women and 30-year-old self!
Christine is a strong advocate for legalizing cannabis, and she talks about the different uses and benefits of this natural medicine.
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You can READ the interview transcript HERE
10 Facts About Christine
(at the time of the project)
50 years old.
Christine is a registered nurse. She’s been a nurse for almost 20 years and works in the area of mental health and drug and alcohol in Sydney.
Born in Brisbane, she moved to Sydney four months ago to make a fresh start.
She sees herself going back to Western Australia (where her son was born) in 2 years after staying in Sydney for some time.
Christine is a mother of two sons. One is an adult. He's 27. And the other one is a teenager, he is 16.
Christine lives near the beach and loves swimming in the ocean pools.
Christine likes to practice yoga. She’s been practicing yoga since she was 27.
Christine enjoys cooking and learning along the way. Her favorite cuisine is Italian, and she has a tradition to take her son to an Italian restaurant for his birthday.
Christine started her Law degree when she was 44 because she is interested in helping people who get discriminated against.
Christine is a very strong advocate for legalizing cannabis. Because she believes that there are too many people who need to have plant medicine and they can't access it.
Watch Christine’s VIDEO interview HERE
INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT :
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Hi, everyone, and Hi Christine, and welcome to our studio and to the project, my body my story. And while you're sitting in the makeup chair and Citra is doing makeup for you. I'll be asking you a few questions. So tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm a mother of two sons. One is an adult. He's 27. And the other one is a teenager.
Oh, that's nice. Yeah.
I'm a registered nurse. I've been a nurse for 20 years almost. And work in the area of mental health and drug and alcohol at the moment in Sydney. We moved to Sydney four months ago to make a fresh start.
So where were you born? in Australia?
Born in Brisbane. No, it was not my son who was with me. He was born in WA. I'm chipping away at a law degree. And I've I could be it could take me another 10 years. But I don't mind because I'm interested in helping people who get discriminated against. We live near the beach. Now, which is something that I wanted to arrive at. I love swimming in the ocean pools. In Brisbane, you don't in the Gold Coast, you don't have ocean pools. And for a couple of years Sydney was attractive to me because I knew that all the ocean pools lie on the coast. So I reached the destination with the ocean pools.
I like to practice yoga. I've been practicing yoga since I was 27. And I'm 50
I go to the gym with my teenage son here in Sydney.
I like to plan travel adventures.
And I enjoy cooking very novice but learning along the way.
So what's your favourite cuisine?
Italian. Yeah. It seems to be a tradition. I take my son to his Italian restaurant for his birthday. Every year so we booked for next Sunday to go to his birthday. Yes, he's 16
Oh, that's nice. We have the same tradition as our family. But we go to Japanese restaurants. For every birthday.
So you said you'd like ocean pools? What is it that attracts you the most?
Well, growing up in Brisbane and having the Gold Coast as my backyard. We were always at the beach. And I suppose I was always having to go through the waves. And at least with the ocean pools, you can just treat it like a swimming pool. But you've got the ocean water. Yeah, the salt water. So I find that to be quite easy and refreshing. And Calm Yes. Don't have to get smacked around by the waves on a choppy day.
So, so interesting. You said you work in the emergency department?
I have worked in the emergency department. As a clinical nurse in Brisbane. Now I'm working in rehab in Sydney. And so it's mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems compound.
Interesting, I think it's hard work to do, but probably hopefully rewarding.
Rewarding in a sense, having the experience behind me is helpful. Obviously, we've all careers when you grow into it, but I like diversity in my career. I'd like to stay in Sydney for a couple of years. But I see myself going back to Western Australia.
Oh, you love it there?
I do love it up there. Over there. We will go into a broom for a holiday throughout COVID. And that got interrupted. So we'll have a holiday over and Margaret River at the end of the year. But I'd like to settle for a few years down in Sydney,
So what are you most passionate about?
Lifelong learning. So I started the law degree when I was 44 I had a lot of interruptions along the way which was difficult but I decided to just you know keep going with it if I felt passionate about it. So I am enrolled in one of the unis in New South Wales and I plan to start back again in October.
That's interesting. So what made you do this change from medicine to law?
Sometimes it ties in - nursing and law. There are a lot of grey areas. I suppose the
I think it's more of the,
I think it's the discrimination, I think it's when
I think I've got a passion for nurses who don't stand up for themselves. Very often, they're notorious to remain quiet because they're scared to lose their jobs. And I've been through some tricky situations where I've had to get lawyers myself, I was innocent, and I know how it feels to be treated like treated in a very malicious way by another nurse. And I had to overcome that. I got post-traumatic stress at a moderate level, and I had to take a couple of years off, and I used all the knowledge that I had as a clinician, which I believe helped me to reach that recovery stage. And try it another type of interesting therapy using medicinal cannabis. And that was actually what moved me into the healing stage. And I'm so I'm a very strong advocate, actually, for legalizing cannabis. Because I believe that there are too many people who need to have plant medicine and they can't access it.
So I suppose that ties in with nursing. I see so many people, so many clients that are hooked on opioids, and there's a long history of cannabis like it was legal 100 years ago. And they took it away. So the law was like a weapon against cannabis. So and because I'm, I've survived post traumatic stress, and I'm well, and I know what it's like to heal because it is an injury. It's a psyche injury. I just have all this knowledge. And I know that a lot of people, there's a lot of stigma around it.
So I just very bravely raise awareness on social media and sit back and observe how, how alcohol is a poison and use so often, but cannabis is so has been so left behind. So, you know, it's just known as a recreational drug. There's so much more to it than that.
So why do you think it was written off as natural medicine?
Because of the pharmaceutical companies? And I'd also, you know, strongly believe that we need pharmaceuticals. But I didn't learn about cannabis the plant at school and just like the First Nations
I heard of that. Movement. legalising that and I know that my friends living in candidates legalising them in some states in the US.
So what is the main my question the what is the main plus of that and don't you get addicted to this? Or like what's their downside of using this medicine the natural medicine, the cons and pros of this?
Well, I know that being a cannabis user I swallow a capsule and it can I guess the only side effect that I would get is that it might make me feel not necessarily tired. But I might just feel like that said I've had enough now for the week. And I and it's okay to just stop for a few days and use it when it's needed.
There are no real side effects per se. Cannabis medicine, when you swallow it and it goes through your digestive system, it's actually a different effect than when you smoke it. And growing up, we never had like hydroponic cannabis, when once I got started nursing, when I was 30, all of a sudden, all these people started to come into hospital psychotic, but it was from hydroponic cannabis. And it was very easy to identify why. And that was because they put all the chemicals to make to destroy the plant and destroy people.
I don't know who started it, but it got people on more pharmaceuticals, they had to take any psychotic medication to get back to reality. So being a cannabis medicinal cannabis user, I can't really identify. Perhaps like I said before if I was to use it every day, say after work, perhaps I might feel less motivated to do something because it relaxes yours and relaxes you so much. Your whole nervous system just stops. So it's the opposite to stress, you know, it relieves all those symptoms of stress.
So you're not you know when you're under the influence, you don't have the cortisone levels high, you know, goes out to all receptors. The endo cannabinoid system is where all the receptors are in our body. So, we didn't even learn about that at the Uni.
So, the cortisol is the number one reason for all the disease and the weight gain, and you know, the all sorts of things, which we don't like, you know, trying to fight it's and so it helps to lower the level of cortisol.
Absolutely. In fact, if one What if you go home after a bad day, and you have a capsule, and I have it organically, I don't buy the oil because you don't know what they put in. If any cortisol was rising in my blood, it would be completely depleted within half an hour. So I'm avoiding the risk of heart disease, you know, just stroke, heart attack. And, you know, I, like I said it, it took away the nightmares when I was experiencing the nightmares from post-traumatic stress. And it put me in my sleep straight back to normal. So actually corrected my nervous system, if you want to say,
Wow, it seems like magic will be medicine.
Well, because I understood about the nervous system and everything from being a nurse, I was actually really fascinated with how little it all unfolded.
I didn't understand. Is there addiction to that or not?
No addiction. And I'll give you an example. I haven't had any for two weeks because I needed to order some more. And I haven't had any withdrawals. I said to myself that I'll just have a little break, perhaps because I felt that my motivation levels were down a little bit. I mean, I still go to work. When I say motivation levels probably just had to think twice about doing a few things that I would normally just jump into. So that's all and yet, definitely no withdrawals.
You just can get addicted to pee to relax.
That's the only this should never have been taken away. It should never have. Yeah, it's crazy.
It's interesting and is it? Is it legal here in Australia?
It is in Canberra, you can grow a plant, the state of New South Wales working towards that, and they have been for 30 years. There's now a barrister in Queensland who's going to be running at the ne