Uncharted Territory example

Uncharted Territory

I just had another oncology meeting after my latest CT scan. I always like meeting my oncologist; he grins wider and shakes my hand harder each time. What he said to me today was that we’re in “uncharted territory.” He had originally expected by now to be setting up my next level of cancer treatment in an eventual losing battle, but instead there is still no sign of disease. He is thoroughly delighted!

Literally nothing sinister shows on the scans, as has been the case since last summer. Sure, there could be tiny groups of rogue cells in there somewhere but not enough to be seen. He expected last summer’s chemotherapy to make the cancer retreat, but he never thought it would become and stay actually undetectable both in the original site (bladder) and where it had metastasised (lymph, liver and lungs).

16 months ago my consultant said “We cannot cure you” (bam!) and gave me 2-3 years to live (double-bam!). He did say there was a very slim chance that my cancer would be unusually sensitive to platinum and shrink a lot from the chemo, maybe giving me some more time, but that’s all. Today he used the word ‘unprecedented’ and said that while nothing is certain we could be having these meetings for years to come.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

There are two things that I think have contributed to this. Chemotherapy is one; the carefully calibrated systemic poisoning of my body in order to beat back the rogue cancer cells from the various places it has colonized. The second of course is cannabis oil. (I’ve also started making fresh fruit smoothies every morning and have been taking vitamin supplements, but those are for general health rather than anything specifically targeted.)

I know the effectiveness of cannabis oil in fighting cancer is still a subject of great debate and that far more studies are required, but that is the ONE ‘extra’ thing that I’ve done, and my consultant is declaring my response unprecedented. Literally, actually beyond his substantial experience.

I have been trying different plant strains throughout this time, all of them with medium to high levels of THC. I’ve grown a couple with relatively high CDB levels as well, but – assuming the oil is playing an active part here (and the evidence points strongly at that) – THC is an important, probably vital, part.

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