After being diagnosed with stage four cancer, rather than accept the death sentence, Lynn Cameron sought out alternative forms of medication and took control of her diagnosis. Despite doctors continually telling her there was nothing to be done, she never gave up hope. With nothing left to lose, she began a cannabis oil regimen. Now, four years later, she’s spreading the word of the true powers of cannabis.
Lynn Cameron: Beating the odds
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When Lynn Cameron was just 44-years-old, she suffered an unexpected seizure. Shortly after, the Blantyre, Scotland native began undergoing routine testing to aid doctors in finding the root cause of the seizure. After one scan showed an extremely large mass on Cameron’s brain, they feared the worst.
Doctors told Cameron she had stage four terminal brain cancer, with just six to eighteen months to live.
I took a seizure on November 30, 2013, prior to which I had been quite well. I had a scan on December 10 at Hairmyres Hospital and it showed a mass, and I was taken straight into Southern General at that point. I was operated on December 16, and on December 27 I was told that I had stage four terminal brain cancer.
Completely devastated, Cameron prepared to fight for her life. Following doctors’ recommendations, she began intense rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. After each treatment, Cameron continued to feel worse and worse. The drugs were doing little to halt or control the growth of the tumor, while the side effects were leaving her bedridden and unable to eat.
A new treatment
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When it seemed like all hope was lost and Cameron had finally succumbed to the life-ending diagnosis, a friend made a suggestion that would forever change her life; cannabis oil.
A good friend suggested cannabis, but I was too scared because it’s illegal. I also found it hard to believe that it would cure brain cancer so advanced, but as the scans were showing there was no change to the mass, I eventually thought, ‘I’m going to break the mold here and try that.’
Since beginning her treatments, Scotland has voted to legalize medical cannabis, but only under certain, very strict conditions. At the time of Cameron’s decision, any form of cannabis was illegal in the country and came with some pretty harsh penalties. Still, Cameron knew she had nothing left to lose and everything to gain.
I started taking cannabis oil under my tongue, as it gets straight into the blood stream that way. Each scan I received after that was showing an improvement. I had been told that chemotherapy and radiotherapy doesn’t make much difference, so I knew it must be the cannabis doing it.
Through her process, Cameron realized doctors have not been properly trained or taught about the many benefits cannabis has to offer.
They told me, ‘eat whatever you like, take all the vitamins you want, it won’t work,’ but these were the people who told me my cancer was incurable, and it was gone. The British Medical Journal hasn’t properly investigated cannabis.
Four years later and Cameron is completely cancer free. She knows if it hadn’t been for the medical cannabis, her outcome would have been entirely different. Cameron’s dedicated her second chance at life to advocating for medical cannabis and the reform of prohibitive laws that surround its cultivation and use.