Had it not been for a heart attack, Thomas Fillipino, 57, would not have found out he had renal cancer. “If I had not had that heart attack, I would be dead,” Fillipino relays in a matter-of-fact manner. “I had a 9-centimeter (cm) tumor on my kidney and it had spread to my lymph nodes, my liver, and my lungs. One of my doctors told me if I lived three months, it would be a surprise. He told me once I got out of the hospital, I should get my affairs in order.”

That was June 3, 2014 and Fillipino lives to tell the tale. During the last 18 months he has undergone a double arterial heart bypass, removal of his kidney, femur surgery as well as 14 sessions of radiation on his femur, 14 sessions of radiation on his shoulder, 10 sessions of radiation for lesions found on his brain, and a regimen of chemotherapy that started in December.

In January, Fillipino decided to add cannabis oil to his cancer treatment regimen. “I’ve been smoking pot since I was 12 so I am not unaware of CBDs and what they do but I wanted to allow the conventional methods to work and see what they could do,” he explained of his choice to start with radiation and chemotherapy.

Fillipino started taking cannabis oil gel caps on January 8. At the time Elevate interviewed him, Fillipino had already seen dramatic results following a CT scan that showed nodules in his lungs had substantially decreased in size and number. 1n fact, according to the January 26 medical imaging report, one node that measured 14×13 millimeters (mm) on October 22, 2015 was now essentially absent. Tumors in his lymph nodes had also shrunk. One tumor that measured 3.2 cm x 2.2 cm in October was now 1.8 cm x 1.2 cm.

His results almost seem too good to be true. Fillipino would agree, adding, “which is why my doctor was so blown away, because it’s not normal. It blows my mind that I go to half the size of my lesions and some are even gone. I attribute all of that to CBDs. The massive amount of my change over the last month is due to CBDs. I wake up and I just want to do things and I didn’t have this kind of energy three weeks ago.

“The way I feel right now, I believe someday I will go back to work. In the year-and-a-half I have had this, I have never thought that before. I never thought of going back to work, and now I do,” relayed Fillipino, who is a union electrician. “And it’s because of CBDs, they have taken me from not thinking I would ever be myself again to believing I will be me again.

“I have been a biker my whole life, and I haven’t been on my bike in seven months and that kills me to not be able to ride mybike. I got on it yesterday because I finally felt up to it. I just went down the street and back but I did it.”