Blog: Young Boy Given 48 Hours to Live Now Cancer Free After Taking Cannabis Oil
Three years ago Landon Riddle of Utah was diagnosed with Leukemia. His chest was full of tumors and his armpits and groin had swollen. The prognosis was grim: an 8-10% chance of living past the next 24 to 48 hours. Landon’s mother Sierra refused to accept his fate.
“It was the absolute most terrifying day of my life,” Riddle blogged. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia or ALL is cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Landon was immediately started on chemo.
Riddle had to watch her son vomit up to 30 to 50 times a day. His appetite was gone. At his worst, Landon went on a 25 day food strike. It seemed like Landon’s time was near.
In January 2013, everything changed. “We discussed all of our concerns with his medical team in Utah and watched Landon continue to suffer and wither away as the piled on drug after drug,” Riddle told RYOT. “Then my mother came across cannabis oil online.” Sierra says Landon’s grandmother has always been against drug abuse, however, she found enough supporting evidence for medical marijuana. The Riddles knew that living in Utah at the time meant access to cannabis oil was impossible. Utah actually did legalise cannabis oil for children with epilepsy a year later with the passage of Charlee’s Law. This was not passed in time for Landon. Landon and his family became “cannabis refugees” fleeing to the state of Colorado.
Landon’s vomiting dropped from up to 50 times a day to 10 times a day. “Our hearts were filled with joy that cannabis brought back the smile to Landon’s face,” she blogged. “Landon started getting better and better! It was as if a miracle had happened! He was smiling again and started to eat again!” The chemotherapy left Landon battling with neuropathy, sometimes unable to walk.
Sierra Riddle was never charged for breaking the law. She worries about other parents that haven’t been as lucky as she has. “It is atrocious that anyone on the planet would be charged for choosing cannabis over pharmaceuticals,” Riddle said. “My heart goes out to Adam Koessler and Rumor Rose, along with uncountable other families that are affected by cannabis prohibition.”
Riddle wants to help other parents make the right decision for the welfare of their children. “Get ready for the fight of your life. Having a sick child is a battle in itself, but making this choice is a whole new world,” she said. “You’re going to need thick skin, intuition, and a solid team. Don’t waste time making sure every other pharmaceutical does more harm than good. If it feels wrong in your gut, it’s probably wrong.”
Landon’s cancer is currently in remission. Landon’s mother drives Landon from Utah to Colorado each month for his checkup. She has made it easy to make a difference for children like Landon with several projects. Her website offers addresses of John W. Hickenlooper, Michael F. Bennet, and Cory Gardner. Write your local representative. #TeamLandon #CannabisISSafer
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