A blog caught my attention about 29 year old Brittany and her ordeal with brain cancer. She has chosen to end her life on November 1st through assisted suicide. She is adamant that it isn’t suicide as the cancer will take her anyway in a cruel way. This is the last bit of control she has over the disease…how it will end and she has chosen a peaceful way to go as opposed to a horrific debilitating journey to the end of her physical life. She moved from California to Oregon because the laws are in her favour in Oregon. In California she would have had no choice but to die in a nasty way. When a person is suicidal they are usually clinically depressed and they see no other way out. She on the other hand, wants to live but knows that the cancer is incurable and also knows how the final weeks will be. She knows her prognosis and the signs that she is approaching the point when the quality of her life will decline rapidly. She has chosen not to go through that herself or to put her family through the ordeal. Right or wrong depends on your belief system. For her, she obviously hasn’t taken this decision lightly and hopefully this is the right choice for her. I prefer not to pass judgement as one can only know how a person in this position feels if you have been there yourself. My heart goes out to her and her family as they go through this incredibly trying process.
I always like to know ‘Why’? I probably drove my parents crazy. So as I thought about Brittany’s plight, I got to wondering that very question. Not from a standpoint of why her per se but from the point of what would cause this physically. I wondered if parasites could be part of it. I did some research and found a little bit of info but not much supporting that idea for the type of brain cancer she has (gliablastoma) but I did find some info about the possible connection to a virus (I believe related to herpes) and even to malaria. So I thought about the fact that she had traveled widely and wondered if she could have come into contact with something during her travels. This post today isn’t about pinning down the exact cause as I think there are multiple reasons for some cancers to develop. We do know that infections like staph and strep can be involved in many types of cancer. After all, staph is commonly behind cysts, carbuncles, boils and tumours. Often there will be multiple infections and there may be fungus or parasites involved too. Viruses can get in on the fun as the person progresses in the disease. So don’t take lightly that cyst that can turn into something more.
I don’t have cancer and hopefully never will. However, I could have gone down that road. When I was 7, I was in hospital ( a great place to get infections) for tests and when I came out I remember this awful huge boil on my leg. That was the start of my fun with staph infection. What followed was a roller coaster ride of staph infestations. Well really it was the same infection that would go and hide and then come out to play periodically. I had sties (eyes) from time to time. When I was 9 or 10 I developed a mass of horrid weeping sores on my butt. I spent the summer laying on my stomach. In my early teens I had impetigo (staph) which is quite contagious. In a town of 2000, I was the only one with it so I assume it was my reoccurring staph again. Also, in my teens I had pimples that I was told were acne but it didn’t look like other people’s acne. Again staph. As I got into university years I would get horrific colds and huge swollen lymph glands in my neck…staph. Around that time I would get this strange thought that would go through my head…Hodgkin’s, Hodgkin’s, Hodgkin’s. I didn’t really even know what that was at the time but it’s lymphoma. I didn’t know I had a staph infection during all this. At the time I didn’t even relate it all. It was much later that I figured it all out.
So eventually I met my husband. In the next few years he embarked on learning the system of CRA (Contact Reflex Analysis). I was tested regularly and lo and behold, one day staph showed up. Hmmmmm… So I went on a program to eradicate in. It took about 3 months with a product to boost my thymus (immune) and another one to clean up the wastes. If you don’t clean up the die off from the bacteria, if can recirculate and reinfect you. After that I never had any of those staph like symptoms again. Thankfully, knowing what I know now! I’m telling you this today so you can see how something that seems so minor like a boil, can mushroom into possibly cancer. Would it have? I don’t know but my intuition says yes.
So I’m just sharing this so you can be aware and hopefully be more observant of some of your own tendencies or your children’s and prevent a problem in the future.
If you would like to read more about Brittany, here is a link. http://www.calebwilde.com/2014/10/29-year-old-brittany-maynard-has-decided-to-take-her-own-life-on-november-1st/ It’s too late to turn things around for Brittany’s physical condition but you can change your future if you choose to be observant and take steps before something irreversible occurs.