Photo from Kerri Parker’s Instagram.
Former Miss UK Kerri Parker has been battling cancer for five years. However, instead of going through chemotherapy, the 34-year-old beauty queen, model, Playboy bunny, and Army medic has decided to go the medical cannabis route.
Parker was first diagnosed with brain tumor in 2013. After undergoing surgery that same year to remove her tumor, she was declared to be in remission. She then went on to bag the Miss UK title in 2016.
However, earlier this month, Parker was told by doctors that her cancer has returned and that, this time, her tumor is inoperable. They are recommending that she undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy to extend her life.
But Parker said in an Instagram post that she is refusing this recommended treatment plan. According to her, staying in the hospital to get a few extra months of being alive is not what treatment is in her eyes.
Instead, Parker is opting to use cannabis oil.
According to her, she’s been working hard over the past few years and that she’s at her fittest and healthiest. So when doctors told her they want her to get a treatment that will make her sick, it made no sense to her. Her doctors also said that no one with brain cancer has survived through 12 rounds of chemotherapy without succumbing to the disease.
This is why she said that putting her faith in cannabis oil is a risk she is ready to take.
Parker, who is also a former lab technician, told Sunday People that she knows using cannabis means she could be put in prison. However, she believes that this is her only chance to live, adding that she would rather risk five years behind bars than undergo 12 rounds of chemo.
While cannabis oil with low THC content is already legal in the UK, Parker is considering taking the one with a higher dose of this psychoactive component.
So far, her family said that she has enough funds to cover six weeks of cannabis-based treatment. She had raised money from the sale of her home and from joining pageants in the past.
According to Parker’s mother, they would need more money in order to continue the treatment beyond the six weeks. She also said that her daughter plans to check in to a Mexican clinic next month to try out further alternative therapies. Parker is also hoping to raise money for a trial in the U.S.
Since her initial diagnosis, Parker has already raised £20,000 for brain cancer research.