Unfortunately, that all changed when he was suspended from work.
In order to get back to work, the company asked Miller’s doctor to fill out a form about his need for medical marijuana. But the doctor only sent back a letter stating, “Mr. Miller has a qualifying condition which I have recommended to the Illinois Department of Health to issue his cannabis card.” While the letter confirmed that Miller had been “educated on the medication action, dose and side effects and time of day to administer,” it was not enough for the business. “I kept hearing the whole time: do whatever it takes to get better and then when I do they haven’t even talked to me,” Miller told a local FOX affiliate. He ensured FOX that he never takes his medicine right before or during work. “I work second shift so I get up early in the morning, I usually take a little when I get up, to allow me to start moving, do a little bit around the house and a couple hours later go to work,” he explained. “And then when I got home, I would do a little more so I could sleep.”
Regardless, the company has Miller jumping through hoops to get back to work. Most recently, they demanded he find a third doctor “to agree,” he wrote Friday. “Basically creating an environment that would likely cause me to quit, but they are not firing me.”
He launched the GoFundMe page in the beginning of November to help raise funds to pay his mortgage and medical bills, since he doesn’t know the status of his job. “I am in limbo. I do not know if I am still suspended, but I do know I am at the end on my financial rope,” he explained. “The next mortgage payment will go unpaid.”
Asking for money, he wrote, is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do, “even harder than fighting cancer.”
But he’ll do what he has to in order to stay afloat while he fights to get his job back. “I keep getting asked if this job is worth it, and to me yes,” he wrote. “It gives me the sense of accomplishment everyday working on equipment that really interests me. I really like the people that are on the floor and that I interact with on a daily basis. Getting engrossed in troubleshooting machine problems or working on projects help keep me from worrying about everything else and is a great mental escape.”