The former winner of Miss UK and Ms Europe is winning her fight against brain cancer using medical cannabis.
Kerri Parker, 34, from Norwich, was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. After a successful surgery to remove the tumour, the cancer returned in September 2018. British doctors suggested a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The former Playboy model rejected the treatments recommended by doctors, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, in favour of cannabis, due to a fear that the traditional treatments could have had significant side-effects, including a loss of speech, memory and the ability to read and write.
Using the “Rick Simpsons oil” protocol, a 90-day treatment plan which requires using up to 1 gram a day of high THC cannabis oil a day, as well as changing her diet, Kerri has seen amazing success.
Telling her inspiring story to FEMAIL, Kerri explained how she is defying all odds by beating cancer with medical cannabis:
“I thought brain cancer would kill me, but now it’s not going to. Now I finally have a life – Ms World’s not my last pageant.
“I’ve proven them all wrong; doctors here told me cannabis doesn’t cure cancer and that it’ll kill me, they actually told me it would make it worse and that it only works in kids.
“They scared me so much I was ready to sign my life and career away to have chemo and radiotherapy, but not now.
“If I can shrink half my brain of cancer, I’ll shrink the other half. I’ll shrink it down so there’s not a single cell left that can ever replicate.”
Kerri’s explained how a recent CT scan showed “visible shrinkage” in the brain tumour, proving the medical cannabis treatment is working:
“It’s a visible difference, it’s only now showing in half of my brain when before it was nearly three quarters.
“Specialists in America are telling me it’s shrunk. The reality is, I just cured terminal cancer, I’m actually going to give myself a life.
“It’s disgusting that they’re keeping it from people over here, I’ve lost people to cancer and I didn’t need to.”
Medical cannabis allowed Keri to maintain a good standard of living. Her doctors believe that medical cannabis actually helped prevented seizures from the brain tumour, which might not have been possible while undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy:
“Doctors in America said I should have seizures because of how much cancer is in my brain, but they said the cannabis would have prevented that,’ she explained.”
“I’ve enjoyed quality of life. I still have a driving licence – I would have lost it if I’d had a seizure.
“I’ve never had any pain with my cancer. I’ve been training, I got my black belt, I got my rock climbing instructor course done. None of this I’d have been able to do.
“You have to have the mindset, diet, everything – it’s not just smoking a couple of joints. It’s not an easy route.
“I never knew I could get up to a gram a day – my mum would take a couple of drops and pass out on the spot. I was taking a thousand times that, I never thought my little body could get to those levels, and now I take it with ease.
“My tolerance is more than anyone I’ve ever met and I’ve never taken drugs in my life.”
Rather than cause damage to her brain, Kerri believes the medical cannabis treatment actually improved her cognitive functions to better than before she was diagnosed with cancer:
“My maths is incredible, my recall, my creativity – I’m listening to music, I’ve never listened to music before. I’ve never loved art before, but things are becoming new in my brain which have enlightened me to think maybe I am shrinking this.
“The doctors are like, “No no no this is impossible”. They said to me I should have bad recall, but I sat for several hours having tests in intelligence and recall and I passed above a normal healthy brain.
“I said to them, ‘You can’t tell me that I’m dying and that there’s something wrong with this brain, this is the best brain I’ve never known, my intelligence is off the scale, and I know it’s because I’m training it.’
“But is it also because I’ve lived the last few years with three quarters of my brain full of edema, full of swelling containing cancer which formed a tumour last year.
“I wasn’t stupid or confused or forgetful, I just had none of my brain left, and now my brain feels remarkable.
“I feel like me again.”
The medical cannabis treatment has been so successful that Kerri, who was crowned Ms Europe earlier this year, will now be able to compete in the in Ms World next month:
“Now I’m eating again – I was so skinny and no dresses would fit me, and now the gown I’ve chosen is three sizes too big and I’m trying to eat a little McDonalds each day to put some weight on as opposed to my normal bodybuilder shred,’ she said.
“I thought it was going to be my last pageant and to me that’s too much pressure to win. If you’d have asked me two weeks ago I didn’t think I’d be on that stage, I wasn’t prepared, I was so ill.
“Now I’ve got two weeks to prepare, but I feel so confident I’m going to be on that stage a winner now, regardless of what happens.”
Kerri’s inspiring story adds to the ever-growing body of anecdotal evidence that cannabis can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a range of cancers.
Clinical evidence for the efficacy of medical cannabis in the treatment of cancer is still in its early stages, but there are a number of in-vitro studies which have found compelling evidence.
A study conduced at St. George’s University, London, “confirmed that cannabinoids are effective in killing leukemia cells, particularly when used in combination with chemotherapy treatments.”
While more research is needed before definitive conclusions are made about cannabis as a cancer treatment, stories like Kerri’s will continue to inspire others in a similar situation to take the “risk.”