Joy Smith (52) from Coventry, UK was told by doctors she had just six weeks to live after being diagnosed with inoperable stomach and bowel cancer in August 2016.
Now she is campaigning to have cannabis oil legalised because she believes taking it has cured her.
When told her cancer was inoperable her doctors said having chemotherapy could help prolong her life a little but not cure her.
Desperate for a solution Ms Smith reluctantly took cannabis based tablets alongside chemotherapy after reading about a cancer patient in the US who went into remission after producing her own marijuana oil.
She takes the nutritional supplement cannabidiol which is derived from marijuana and is legal in the UK. However, her treatment also contains THC, the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for euphoric highs which is not permitted. It is thought she buys the oil illegally online.
Asked on ITV’s This Morning programme whether breaking the law didn’t bother her Ms Smith said not at all: “It’s my life. When your back’s against the wall and you’re told you have six months to live, you try anything.”
Nearly two years after the terminal diagnosis, doctors have described Ms Smith as the luckiest woman in the world and are baffled that her scans show just a small amount of the disease is left in her stomach which she is confident will also disappear with continued treatment.
Ms Smith is speaking out to encourage cannabis legislation for medical use saying: “I’m a walking miracle. The doctors call me Wonder Woman.
“Cannabis oil should be legalized for medical purposes. People are dying and chemotherapy isn’t curing them.”
She describes taking cannabis oil as like eating thick black tar mixed with olive oil.
But she says when your life depends upon it you’ll try anything. “Trust me, I was a bit sceptical about the oil at first. I’ve never taken drugs or anything like that but I know I would not be here today without it.”