Sunday, July 17, 2011
I met some friends there and chatted for a while. One of them asked me why I "wack" one of the anonymous reader's comments on yesterday's post. I believe the anonymous reader is either a TCM practitioner or have good knowledge about TCM and also about cancer therapies. He or she chose to remain anonymous, not even choosing a pseudonym. I do feel strongly about such knowledgeable people offering suggestions without first understanding the patient. I know he or she was trying to help and meant well and I should be more understanding. True, people do not owe me any duty to help or even suggest any therapies I should take. Perhaps, I should have just ignored his or her comments which I normally do but now that he or she mentioned it, I think it would be good for him or her to know what my feedback would be. I felt that there was lack of empathy in his or her approach. It just reminded me of some of the doctors that I met and some stories about doctors and alternative therapists that I learned from other cancer patients or caregives that I met. They are trying to treat the cancer but not the patient and have no consideration for the feelings of the patient. I am not saying I don't appreciate help or that you don't offer help, but please have some regards for the feeling of the patient, in this case me. Again, maybe I have over reacted.
Yesterday evening, while waiting for my transportation to my TCM class, I was talking to my mechanic. He told me that his partner had just died of nose cancer. The patient was bed ridden and the cancer has spread all over his body including his brain as well. The doctors recommended that the patient be discharged and spend his final days at home with the family. About two weeks prior to his death, the family was introduced to a TCM practitioner from China who confidently said, he can cure the patient. He started his therapy and of course, the patient did not respond. He then instructed the patient's son to do an MRI on the patient to confirm that it has spread to the brain and against the advice of the hospital doctors that it would be a waste of time and money to do. Anyway, the TCM practitioner got his MRI and then said to the son, since the tumor has spread to his brain, he could not do anything more! He conveniently disappeared from the scene. Forget about the money that he made but what kind of TCM practitioner is this? Isn't there a code of ethics and consideration for patient and his family?
I mentioned about some new alternative therapies that were clinically tested and showed good potential on Friday's post. One of them is Solamargine, a product from Taiwan.
One of my friend, Liz will be starting the Solamargine therapy for a trial period of one month. She just received the product from Taiwan on Wednesday. You can also follow her progress here. I hope and pray that she will recover with that therapy which has shown good results for many lung cancers patients.