In August 2016 Coventry woman Joy Smith was diagnosed with inoperable stomach and bowel cancer. Doctors told her that she had around six weeks to live. Imagine that. I'd rather not. Most of us know someone, a family member or a friend who has died of cancer. We know what it's like to learn that someone we love has been given a death sentence. The Coventry Telegraph and the national tabloids are reporting today that Joy has cured her cancer using Cannabis Oil. We've heard this one before haven't we? On a recent phone-in show, Martyn, an Englishman based in Spain, told me pretty much the same story. He was diagnosed with stomach tumours a couple of years ago and was also told that the outlook was bleak. He began taking THC based oil and he's in remission. This is great news.
Joy didn't despair after she was told her time was up and to get her affairs in order. She began taking Cannabis oil which is legal in the UK. However she bought hers online as she wanted oil which contained THC which is illegal in the UK. It's important to note that she didn't give up the chemotherapy entirely. It turns out Joy had read about a woman in the US who had baffled her doctors after she recovered from a terminal diagnosis after taking the oil. It's now eighteen months since Joy was told she'd be dead within six weeks. Her doctors have described her as "the luckiest woman in the world." They say that they are stumped. Her scans now show just a small amount of cancer in her stomach. Joy is certain that in time it too will disappear so long as she keeps taking the oil.
She told the Coventry Telegraph;
'It's impossible, but I've beaten science. My friends kept saying if anyone was going to beat it, it would be me, and I did - I'm still here. People are starting learn more about it now, it's what's keeping me here. When people are dying something needs to be done. I want to do everything I can to get it legalised for medicinal purposes in the UK. I wouldn't be here now without it.'
You might remember me speaking with Hannah Deacon, the mother of six your old Alfie Dingley on a recent RA Show. Alfie has a very rare and extreme form of epilepsy and can suffer up to 30 seizures a day. The THC oil has virtually eliminated his seizures and given his family renewed hope that he might lead a normal life, but it remains illegal in the UK. The Home Office has told Alfie's family that they will look into granting a licence for him to get the oil sent to him here from The Netherlands, so that he doesn't have to travel. In a sane and rational world of course, one human being could not prevent another from growing a plant, taking oil from it and using it for medicinal purposes. Hopefully, people dealing with epilepsy, chronic pain and yes cancer too, might take a punt on the oil with THC content. Nobody should give them any guarantees and they should of course speak with their doctors too, but if you've been diagnosed with terminal stomach/bowel cancer, what do you have to lose?