Dramatic improvements in survival have been achieved for children and adolescents with cancer.
Tell that to Ayden Brown and his family.
Busy packing, moving, and closing down our current location, I had no plans of blogging today. Sunday is a day of rest. But there is no rest for a pharmacist with integrity that connects wellness to health, and not big pharma/pharmaceuticals.
Checking on some emails, I saw this article in my holistic medicine feed.
I had to write because I have some questions.
First, how do words even express any type of condolence to a mother of a beautiful, precocious child not yet near even half a decade old, now dead, after languishing in the throes of cancer since 13 months old?
Second, why does a child-a baby, acquire cancer in the 1st place?
Third, where are people, especially HCPs that are tired of aimlessly prescribing and dispensing more toxins (chemotherapy) to suppress (temporarily, and not very effectively) the pathology of cancer-uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body?
Fourth, when will we say enough, recognizing that prevention and root cause determination are the only way of eradicating cancer? How nice that Taylor Swift donated $50,000 to Ayden's GoFundMe campaign, but that $50,000 didn't give Ayden the quality life a 3 year old deserves. It didn't buy him a pain-free existence to play, learn and become a 1st grader full of promise.
And though a topic for another blog-financial wellness-but why should one individual who can sing/entertain have so much disposable income while others scrape dimes from under a cushion just to mete out a meager existence?
Even holistic and integrative medicine, which has greatest effectiveness when it is preventatively administered, could do nothing for Ayden, a 3 year old with stage IV lung cancer.
He was moved back home to Las Vegas when Lindsey began researching holistic and herbal medicine. “We were told that his tumors had progressed so far that it was pushing against his heart which was building fluid and no longer made him a candidate for any trial or surgery or radiation
Like minded HCPs, pharmacists , citizens-we are connected, remember? We cannot, as a collective of socially, and morally connected people wait on the sidelines throwing out utterances of sympathy to others until cancer or heart disease or other chronic disease killers come knocking at our door then go into activist action.
That's half-hearted, disingenuous, and lame.
We cannot continue to think better, we must do better. Now.
Rest little one, rest.
Those of us with a heart, task, and mission must start the revolution.
It's not going to be televised, not even on cable TV.
Ayden Setoshi Brown (Everybody will know Ayden Setoshi Brown. He was three years old. He could tell you every planet in the solar system. He was phenomenally smart and he loved me so much and I loved him too. He didn’t deserve to die. These kids don’t deserve to die. And if I can do anything in my power, I will make sure that no mother feels how I feel today and have to put their kid in a bag.)
Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancer made up of cells that normally develop in muscles, internal organs or the heart. About 3 percent of all childhood cancers are rhabdomyosarcoma, with roughly 350 new cases diagnosed annually in the United States. More than half of the cases are found in children younger than 10, and it’s more common in boys than girls.
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