Pray for Katie 1

Katie is now 14 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a lymphatic cancer when she was 13. This site is a request to pray for her. Call her prayer pager 1-361-333-KATY (5289), enter your ZipCode and # key, to let her know you have prayed for her. Updates of her progress will be posted on the site. The Power of Prayer is Awesome. See beginning story at www.prayforkatie.blogspot.com.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Katie's Original Story - The Cancer Child Taken by CPS

See the orginal story of Katie at Pray for Katie. Katie had Hodgkin's disease when she was 13 years old. She was taken away from her parents by Child Protection Services (CPS), when her parents refused to follow up with full neck and chest radiation treatments after a clear PET scan saying she was cancer free. The parents were seeking additional opinions when a disgruntled and arrogant doctor called in CPS to make sure his recommendations were followed. Referrals were not made. This case received national attention in news and on television in June through November of 2006. It was a battle for parents to have the right to make the medical decisions for their children. After 5 months the parents won the right to make the medical decisions for Katie again, but not before much damage was done to Katie at the hands of CPS and M. D. Anderson doctors. The trauma and stress and financial damage done to the family and Katie, a cancer patient, are beyound belief and unexcuseable. The story is a long one, but well worth reading. With cancer happening to 1 in 3 now. This could very well happen to your family. Would you know what to do? It happened to Abraham Cherrix and his family. Thanks to some help and knowledge gained from our website, personal contact, and legal documents all contained on the original website, Abraham and his family gained a victory.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Monitor Your Alternative Cancer Treatments or Die

Let me give you some good advice if you are doing or thinking of doing alternative cancer treatments:
1. Find a doctor that will work with you.
2. Monitor tumor size and growth with MRI or CAT scans monthly.
3. At first sign of tumor growth monitor with MRI every two weeks.
4. If growing rapidly your treatment is not working and you must try something else.
5. Monitor weekly now,and you may need to seek some sort of conventional treatment to shrink the tumor if it becomes out of control or chocks off bronchial tubes or arteries.
MRI's are the safest and least costly monitoring choice because they use magnetic resonance imaging instead of x-rays. Have an alternative doctor and a conventional doctor and oncologist on board and know where you can go in advance if something goes wrong.
You must monitor your tumor. Tumor markers are not always reliable. You can't go by how you feel. By the time you feel bad it can be too late. Know what is going on with MRI's which if you pay cash can be had for about $600. Whole body scans are about $1000 for cash. There is not enough information on alternatives and they do not work the same for everyone, especially if you have already had chemotherapy or radiation treatments. I'd rather try the alternatives first, but you must absolutely monitor your progress. Monitor with MRI's so you don't end up dying. Be safe and sure of your choice of treatment and its effectiveness. And now you have proof of before and after results of your alternative treatment.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Abraham Cherrix Gains a Victory


Starchild Abraham Cherrix, a 16-year-old cancer patient who is battling Hodgkin’s disease ended his legal fight with a victory Wednesday when his family’s attorneys and social services officials reached an agreement that would allow him to forgo chemotherapy.

Cherrix who has struggled with the disease once before and having it reoccur, decided he wanted to take an alternative healing method to treat the disease the second time around. Social service officials fought that decision.

Under the court ruling, Cherrix will be treated by an oncologist of his choice who is board-certified in radiation therapy and interested in alternative treatments. The family must provide the court updates on Abraham’s treatment and condition every three months until he’s cured or turns 18. Cherrix is still on the Hoxsey method, an herbal treatment that is illegal in the United States but can be obtained through clinics in Mexico, but the family hasn’t ruled out other possible treatments, such as immunotherapy or radiation treatment in small doses.

http://knowcancer.net/2006/08/16/court-rules-in-favor-of-teen-hodgkins-patient/

Comment: This is a victory for parents and children everywhere. Parents must have the right to make medical decisions for their children. I am not saying whether their decsion was right or wrong, and only time will tell, and it is their decision to make. But it is never right for doctors and oncologists to force chemotherapy and raditation by using the power of the state. Although these procedures are generally effective on Hodgkin's or Lymphoma cancer in children they don't work on everyone. The long term side effects of such treatments on children should be considered. The treatments often cause leukemia or cancer of another type in the future and a myriad of future health problems. Cancer specialists are recognizing the limitations of conventional chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer. How will we know if new types of cancer treatments are effective if patients are not allowed to pursue all avenues. Immunotherapy, once considered quackery, is now being recognized as legitimate treatment. Notice the new vaccine for cervical cancer now being highly recommended for young women. Hodgin's lymphoma is a real and very deadly threat as much as any cancer. There are very aggressive forms of Hodgkin's, like my daughter Katie has, that are very difficult to gain any control over and parents must be allowed to pursue any and all treatment options in search of a cure or to at least extend life with comfort and a quality of life that treatments like chemotherapy can never provide. I call on oncologist and radiologists everywhere to look into alternative treatments and to supplement your treatments with IV Vitamin C and other anti-cancer agents and vitamins and antioxidants. Most of your patients are already doing so without your knowledge or approval.

Edward