Stacey Hutflies of northern California received shocking news one week before her twenty-sixth birthday. She was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer, and had no choice but to begin chemotherapy immediately. Breast cancer and chemo therapy is a deadly combination that Stacey told KRCR 7 News that she would not have survived without the help of medical marijuana,
“Its honestly what got me through chemotherapy, hands down.”
Everything happened so quickly for Stacey. One day she was planning her birthday, and the next, she was going through the worst experience of her young life.
The chemo caused Stacey to lose all of her hair, and made her feel sick all of the time. As a result, she was not able to eat or sleep, and her skin tone was showing signs of a body in distress. She lost so much weight that she did not even weight one-hundred pounds anymore, and her doctor warned that if she did not start eating, she may die. Stacey also began suffering from severe anxiety, buckling under all of the unbearable physical and mental anguish.
Stacey’s oncologist prescribed her what she called “the kitchen sink,” a term she used to describe every pharmaceutical medication available that was classified as cancer treatment drug. The kitchen sink prescription on top of the already horrible experience of going through chemotherapy made it difficult for Stacey to stay positive.
Skeptically and luckily, she decided to try medical marijuana. The moment Stacey introduced medical marijuana into her life, she felt a wave of positive feelings, both physical and mental. Her appetite returned, she was suddenly able to sleep at night, and as a result, she started to regain strength. On top of the physical benefits that she experienced, she reported that smoking cannabis also improved her mood, and gave her the will power to fight. The severe anxiety that she developed, also, melted away with marijuana.
Studies have shown that cannabis can help to slow the spread of cancer, and even shrink the size of tumors. For Stacey, the physical benefits experienced were life changing, but it was the improvements in her mental state, experienced from smoking marijuana, that gave her the strength to keep fighting for her life. Today, Stacey is in remission.
Below are before and after photos of Stacey Hutflies.
photo credit: Federacion de asociaciones cannabicas, KRCR 7