Wednesday, April 6, 2011
This idea of blaming cancer victims for their cancer is more pervasive than I thought. Husband has had several discussions at Cancer Treatment Centers with other patients who, when they went to their homeopath or chiropractor or clergy got blamed for their illness. One woman was even told that her negative feelings toward her mother festered and she let them and,therefore, she gave herself breast cancer. Up to that point all she knew was her mother was the most positive influence in her life. What in the world is she supposed to DO with this new information? Another was told that seeking treatment as she was was WrongWrongWrong so she's, apparently extra bad and extra guilty. Does the healthcare provider who claimed this position have any idea what she is facing without him adding to it with his cheap two cents? Probably not. Bottom line as far as I can tell is, yes, we are responsible for what we put into our bodies and some of our experience including our ability to forgive and find joy, but, for pity's sake, be kind. Doesn't the Hippocratic oath say something about "First, do no harm"?!