Sophie Isabella Ryan was born October 3, 2012, perfectly healthy weighing in at 8 pounds, 7.4 ounces. On June 20, 2013, Sophie had her first MRI scan after nystagmus, shaking of the eyeball, presented in her left eye, and on June 23rd, at 8 ½ months old, Sophie was diagnosed with a low-grade, Optic Pathway Glioma brain tumor. My husband, Josh, and I were originally told that her only option would be a 13-month protocol of chemo in hopes to stop the development of the tumor. Since it is a slow-growing tumor, chemo was never meant to get rid of the tumor, and doctors told us if they saw even minimal shrinkage it would be considered a huge success. We were comforted by the fact that these tumors had a 90% survival rate, but terrified to learn they had an +85% recurrence rate, and most children can potentially need years of treatment. We were also notified that a growth spurt from her tumor was going to cause her to go indefinitely blind in her left eye, her right eye would likely be blind, and to prepare ourselves for full blindness. Life as we once knew it was over!
At this point, after succumbing to an emotionally devastating situation, we decided to look for other ways to save our daughter outside of Western medicine alone. After creating a Facebook page called “Prayers for Sophie,” a friend saw our posts and put us in touch with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein who were filming a documentary about how cannabis oils kill cancer in pediatric patients. These women worked hard to surround us with the top oil makers and scientific experts in California, and at 9 months old Sophie took her first dose of cannabis oil.
Now 3 years have passed and the successes we have seen using these oils alongside our daughter’s Western medicine treatments have been described as nothing short of a miracle, time and time again. Her brain tumor that was never expected to shrink has shrank by around 95% not once, but twice after a recurrence happened when doctor’s took her off of chemo before her treatment should have ended. After enduring 9 blood transfusions during her first 13-month protocol, 4 months before her treatment plan was over, she just stopped needing them which is medically impossible. She has vision that is near perfect after being told she was going to be blind, she has continued to eat, advance developmentally, and the list goes on and on! This plant has kept her healthy, happy, and despite the ups and downs, her tumor continues to shrink.
Sophie hasn’t just inspired her dad and I, she has given hope to people all over the world. Because she got sick, hundreds have been healed through our CannaKids organization that provides high grade cannabis oil to the very sick. Clinical trials are being planned so that we can find the answers that not only she needs, but all of the other sick patients like her are looking for. She has changed the course of our lives forever, and for the better!