Nov 01, 2006 - 12:58 pm
I posted this in response to the array of responses to LLLady's response to her husband, Duey's, thoughts on discontinuing chemo. I didn't think this should get lost in the shuffle, so I've pasted it here...
Appears there needs to be a little clarification...
In summary, I think the chemo vs. no chemo debate should include the following:
(1) Getting all the facts from PROFESSIONALS. Cancer should not be taken lightly or without full knowledge of what a person is facing.
(2) The stage of the cancer, the side effects of the chemo, the benefits of the chemo are all part of the equation and should all be considered when making a decision.
(3) The internet is a wealth of knowledge, but it's also a wealth of garbage. CHOOSE YOUR SOURCES CAREFULLY.
(4) Regardless of the route you choose, be confident in your decision. DO NOT BASE YOUR SUCCESS OR FAILURE ON THAT OF ANOTHER PERSON. What may work for one will not necessarily work for another.
(5) Voodoo will never work~~although it's fun trying! (little humor required at this point, don't you think?!?!? lol).
(6) There are many success stories on BOTH sides of the debate. Therefore maybe a combination of both methods should also be considered.
(7) There is no "cookie cutter" approach to cancer. Period. Not debatable.
(8) Now sing "Kumbaya" and everyone kiss and make up. Life's too short for conflict!
Have a great day everyone!
P.S. Some of my personal heroes have done marvelously on chemo (kerry, Lisa Rose, judiths, SpongeBob, Kay) and off chemo (scouty, 2bhealed~~emily), and I respect both sides of the argument.