By Kate Givans
During our April issue, we shared the story of Rebakah Dewey, a six-month-old baby diagnosed with infantile fibrosarcoma, a cancerous growth in the fibrous tissues of her left leg. She’d already undergone one round of chemotherapy, but the tumor had remained. She could have had surgery to remove the growth, but it was too close to the artery. Plus, surgery could have compromised her ability to walk, which was critical at her developmental stage.
Her parents, Scott and Jackie, decided to try something different. They turned to medical marijuana, hoping it would at least give pain relief. But it ended up giving them so much more.
At the time of their initial interview with Everything Medical Marijuana Magazine, Rebakah’s parents, had been using a tincture to ease Rebakah’s pain and nausea. Upon the advice of Jami Bisi, owner of Everything Medical Marijuana Magazine and CBD Outreach (given to them at the completion of their interview), they then began using a topical THC rub directly on the affected area.
“We were using RSO that’s mixed in with coconut oil,” Jackie said, affirming that they had used the exact recipe that had been given to them by Jami.
Now, almost a year later, Rebakah is cancer free!
It sounds impossible and far-fetched, but this family serves as concrete evidence that sometimes, the best medicine isn’t given to you by a physician. Instead, you find it in nature, right under your nose, right where it’s always been. Of course, Rebakah may have had a boost of help from the chemotherapy and experimental drug she was taking at the time of the interview, but cannabis also likely played a part in her cancer-free status.
Somewhat recently, the National Cancer Institute acknowledged that cannabis does, at the very least, inhibit cancer growth. And, unlike chemotherapy, it does not harm the body’s healthy cells. Instead, they remain intact, able to do their job. The immune system stays healthy. The body can still fight infection and illness. Rick Simpson Oil is also claimed to have cancer fighting benefits, but no one knows for certain just how valid the claims are. Yet, here we have a little girl, now cancer-free. She isn’t the first. She certainly won’t be the last. But it is stories like hers that help other parents and patients find their way.
Jackie and Scott are a part of that movement.
They are sharing their experience with other parents on the cancer unit. They are explaining how cannabis helped Rebakah deal with the pain and nausea of chemo, minus the horrible and toxic effects of oxy. They are sharing her success and cancer-free status, and how cannabis may have played a part. It seems that at least some of the parents are receptive. But who wouldn’t want a better way to help their child, to ease their pain and symptoms? Who wouldn’t want to improve their child’s chance of surviving?
“I’ve talked with people at Children’s Hospital, other parents at Children’s Hospital,” Jackie said. “[I’ve] informed about things that they could do to help instead of using oxycodone that turn to morphine in children’s blood and they seem really receptive to it.”
We can only hope that they continue to do so, and that Rebakah’s story brings light to an issue that doesn’t receive nearly enough attention. Cannabis heals. It is medicine. And it shouldn’t be illegal. We should be testing it, seeing what its true potential is. But until the government can patent it, we may be fighting an uphill battle. Here’s to hoping that I’m wrong.