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Dear friends,

What I usually do with patients in this situation is an extended family
meditation/talking circle to let the answer emerge from within the family in a
more organic manner.  The doctors can't make your decision for you because they
can't live with the consequences and there may be a creative third or more
solution that they have not yet considered.

In this situations, you have to go with what your collective gut tells you and
use
the information from the doctors as fodder for that mill.

Yours,

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

BulzFan33@aol.com wrote:

> My friend asked that I search the internet for some information, advise and
> opinions.
>
> My godchild Paulie was diagnosed with leukemia at 3 years old.  He had
> rigorous chemo treatments and went into remission only for it to come back
> within 6 months time.   Full chemo was started over again from scratch and a
> request was put in to find a donor for bone marrow.     After a long search a
> perfect match came up and Paulie headed north to Milwaukee, WI. to get the
> transplant.    GREAT.... but then more bad news.   Almost 4 years of chemo has
> done damage to his liver and the leukemia specialists in Seattle have told my
> friend that she much chose which course to take next.   She doesn't know what
> to do, these are her 2 choices:
>
> Go ahead with the bone marrow transplant, but Paulie has a 50/50 chance of not
> making it.   Even if he just starts to show signs of liver failure, they said
> they cannot do anything to save him.
>
> Option 2 is to finish this bout of chemo and wait for a new remission (about 2
> years time), but he has only a 25% percent chance that the leukemia WON'T come
> back.   IF the leukemia does come back, even more damage would have been done
> to his liver and the chance of a bone marrow transplant will be zero.
>
> Where can we go for more advise or specialist opinions?   We don't know what
> to do next or how to come to a decision.
>
> Any advise, insight, or information is need ASAP.   The doctors told her to
> think about it for a few days, so help is need now.
>
> Thank you all for reading this, and PLEASE write back to me directly to get
> what you write faster.
>
> Chris
>
> **  Feel free to contact my friend directly about her son:  Erika
> 847-967-5231
>
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