'I cured cancer. I can't be quiet': Woman claims
WITHOUT chemotherapy or radiation, Shona Leigh survived cancer and she claims to know something worth talking about.
"I cured cancer. Knowing what I know now, I can't be quiet," she said. "This is huge."
After avoiding regular pap smears in her younger years, Shona discovered she had second stage cervical cancer in October 2013.
"I was online, screaming for help, and a compassionate carer reached out," she said.
That's when Shona was introduced to cannabis oil. A carer provided ongoing support and education around the stigma of cannabis, as well as supplied the oil for her.
Every six weeks and she would have a blood test to monitor the cancer.
Eight months later in September 2014 she received clean results, which she puts down to using "oil supplied freely".
However, she claims, after coming off the cannabis oil treatment, large lumps "the size of my fist" started to appear in her left breast within four months.
She eventually found another supplier and "within two weeks of her sending me a coconut oil infusion those lumps were gone".
"The realisation was that the only way I was going to get a reliable source for this was to do it myself," she said.
Shona now makes cannabis oil to try to heal cancer, balms and a spray for pain, such as arthritis.
Cancer Research UK warns that while cannabis has shown some potential to treat cancer, it was important to note that viral videos and testimonials did not amount to medical evidence.
"It's impossible to tell whether these patients have been "cured" by cannabis or not," Kat Arney wrote on the site.
"We know nothing about their medical diagnosis, stage of disease or outlook. We don't know what other cancer treatments they had."
"We don't know about the chemical composition of the treatment they got.
"And we only hear about the success stories -- what about the people who have tried cannabis and not been cured? People who make these bold claims for cannabis only pick their best cases, without presenting the full picture."
Shona claims to have touched over 50 lives so far in helping heal their cancer journey, something she believes more people would use if the stigma of cannabis was removed.
"There's other people out there that have got such strong results. You need to hear their stories. That's why I've brought the Nanna's here."
Shona is referring to 'The CannaNannaS', "an education and awareness tour" being held by Nanna's for the second time this weekend, February 3-4, at the Finch Hatton showgrounds.
She said her mother-in-law, 67, had recently found out she had cancer and had chosen to try to heal with oil only.
Shona said she was extremely proud of her mother in law's decision to try to heal herself using natural oils and wants more people to be aware of the benefits.
One Nation's Stephen Andrews will be opening the event.
CannaNannaS are a satellite group of the Medical Cannabis Users Association (MCUA) whose Facebook group has grown to well over 16,000 Australian members since it started in June 2014, making it the biggest patient advocacy group in Australia pushing for changes to the laws surrounding cannabis use.
Deb Lynch said the first CannaNanna event held in Tugun at the Gold Coast last year and was a huge success.
The CannaNannaS, Deb Lynch and Gail Hester (MCUA); Belinda Dooner from Women in Hemp and Karen Burge from the Ubuntu Wellness Centre, are long-term campaigners who say patients are not getting the access to legal cannabis products they were promised.
"Our program I aimed at raising awareness and educating - it is packed with great speakers, demonstrations and taste testing of hemp based foods," Ms Lynch said.
"There is a movie under the stars on Saturday night and participants will hear testimonials from people who have had major success where conventional medicine has failed them."
Entry to the workshop is by gold coin donation at the door and the program starts at 10am. You can contact the CannaNannaS on Facebook or by phoning Deb Lynch on 0401979092