Monday, May 25, 2009

13 Year Old Boy Returned For Treatment of Hodgkin's

Thirteen year old Daniel Hauser was returned to Minnesota to receive treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The boy had received one round of treatment and then they stopped citing religious beliefs and started "natural healing practices inspired by American Indians."

Most people talk about Hodgkin's Lymphoma as the "Good Cancer," and sometimes I agree. Obviously, I'm still here, and know lots of folks that have beat it... but I also know several that lost their battle against the beast. So it's tough for me hear people talk about it so lightly like it's just like getting a bad haircut. I even know someone that has beat it, years before me, that talks about it as if it's no big deal, even to people she might meet that have been newly diagnosed with cancer. Tact.

Anywho, back on topic here, this poor 13 year old boy has a 5% chance of surviving without treatment according to the doctors in the article. Thankfully, he's back and being ordered to get medical treatment. I'm sure the mother just thought it was somehow in the boy's best interest, perhaps she was concerned with his side effects and freaked and played the religion card. Who knows. And if that's the case, there are always more drugs out there to try to feel better. Prescribed ones :)

You can read more about the story here.

Let's all hope this boy can beat the Hodge now that he has the right medical care.



Kate Burton said...

The good cancer? The only kind of good cancer I can see is the one that's not there. People can be such idiots sometimes.

Hillary St. Pierre said...

I followed this story too. I posted about it under "Hodger on the run." That mom really has some severe fears. One of us should sit her down and get her calm. Everything can be all right.