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Response to Chemisse (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:35 AM

23. That was my first thought

She's been in the hospital for a month receiving chemo, which is pretty brutal. Now she's got a raging infection and has had a limb amputated.

Sometimes kids in these situations -- some of them having fought cancer for months or years -- actually ask to be let go, because staying alive with so much debilitation is hardly living any more. They should be listened to and respected. Instead often doctors want to keep battling, and parents don't want to give up hope.

If I were the mother in that situation, watching my child die by inches, I might actually ask: "Do you want to continue, honey? Or would you like to come home?" By that time they know what that means.

And if my child said she wanted to go home, I wouldn't stick around to fight with the doctors.

I wish that family all the best. They are traveling a hard road.

Hekate

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