Relentlessly Resilient

How medical cannabis helped restore this cancer survivor’s life, and how she helped lead the charge to legalize its use in Utah

In late 2018 Utah’s governor signed a medical marijuana compromise into law, legalizing medical cannabis in some instances in the state. But for years before the legalization, patients and caregivers lobbied for medical cannabis acceptance, often taking risks into their own hands by illegally obtaining the drug for relief. One such advocate and lobbyist is Christine Stenquist, a brain cancer survivor who lived 16 years post-surgery basically bedridden due to pain and nausea. When she discovered how much responsible marijuana use added to the quality of her life, she went to the state capital to advocate for legalization and founded Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE). Through her and many others’ efforts, the 26-61a. Utah Medical Cannabis Act eventually gets passed. Christine joins this episode of Relentlessly Resilient to share her story. 

Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward. 

Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at,, or on the KSL App. Join the Resilience conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

Published: Wednesday August 17, 2022
Runtime: 00:38:29