The issue is she is a minor and has been deemed by the court to not be mature enough to legally decide her health care choice.
She never said she wants to die.
She just said she did not want the treatments even though she knows she will die without the treatments.
Yet in another article she opens up and writes that she wants treatment for her cancer just not chemo.
It sounds to me like Cassandra wants live.
She wrote she’s not looking to avoid treating her Hodgkin’s lymphoma altogether.
“I always tell people I do want treatment for my cancer, I just don’t believe in the chemotherapy,” wrote Cassandra. “I want something more natural, something that’s not drugs. If the court decided to let me go, I would look into natural remedies that would stop the growth of the cancer. I would take vitamins and remedies that fight inflammation. I would eat healthy and go to the gym, and I would still monitor the cancer with regular scans.”
While Cassandra doesn’t want the toxic chemicals in her body, she acknowledges they may be doing more good than bad.
“The side effects I’ve had are mild to none so far, besides hair loss, acne, and tiredness,” wrote Cassandra. “My oncologist believes I am responding well. That doesn’t mean as the chemo continues things won’t get worse, but I’m more concerned about the long-term side effects, and also the fact that I don’t want these drugs in my body, but they are and it disgusts me.”
She is just scared of the chemo treatments.
Cancer is very scary.
But as far as cancer goes Hodgkins is one of the cancers with the highest cure rate when treated early.
Either she'll be in remission by then and 30 years later When she's holding her grandchild she'll wonder why she was so silly, or she won't have had enough chemo walk away from treatment and whither away and die suffering from cancer.
This is not really a controversial case, if she were standing in the street with a pistol to her head no one would be talking about the police trying to talk her down or get her to turn herself in for Suicide watch. We need to see it this way, she will recover with treatment and will not without it, this is attempted suicide just like leaning over a bridge or sticking a gun in her mouth
In this case Cassandra does not want to die.
She just fantisizes that there is cure for Hodkins without Chemo.
She wants a natural remedy using vitamins , exercise and healthy eating to cure her Hodgkins.
She's a minor, and therefore not sole arbiter of her healthcare decisions.
Her parents are making a decision that will definitely kill her, and oddly enough parents aren't allowed to do that. You are not allowed to definitely kill your own child with hippie bull**** any more than you are allowed to do it with a knife.
Last edited by Deuce; 01-14-15 at 06:59 PM.
One of you will end up here next!