Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chemo or Alternative Medicine

Bismillah (In the Name of Allah)

I have so neglected this blog. One good thing that came out of this is that now people who read here know how much I slack at posting and won't expect much activity here. This lets me relax and just do it at a comfortable pace. sigh...

I've been pondering about something insightful to blog about and started a post about simplicity and living a slow-paced life. After working on a draft for a couple of evenings I realized that I still have to find my place in this area; there are things which I dream of doing but don't know yet if I'm ready to undergo what it takes to live more simply than what I do now. As I grow in this area and find my balance I will share. Perhaps, you can grow along with me into a more simple person.

For now my post on simplicity will have to wait...

Something happened today: I learned that a Muslim woman I know has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. It made me think of what would I do if I find myself in her situation. Had I nobody in my life I would probably not undergo chemotherapy and try alternative medicine and see if it works. If it did, then I would let people know and encourage them to not resort to chemotherapy and conventional medicine as their first means in fighting this disease. If it didn't I would not be leaving loved ones behind thinking: "Had she only done what doctors told her to."

Having a family, however, I feel this would be selfish of me to do. I feel I'd be following my desires and my ideologies against the procedure that's endorsed by the medical community and putting my life in jeopardy without need.

Of course, I understand that only Allah knows when we're going to meet our death and how that's going to happen and I'm at complete ease with this in my mind, alhamdulillah. What I'd like to have more certainty about is the way I'd deal with a disease of this kind if I happened to be affected by it.

Perhaps, it should be a decision taken by the entire family and not just by the affected person. This is a very sensitive matter that here and there we should contemplate.

What are your thoughts on cancer and the methods out there to treat it?

1 comment:

  1. Salam alaykum, this issue is close to my heart. In 1995 my dear mother in-law was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She was given the classic prognosis "3 to 6 months". She did a combination of surgery and chemo to deal with the bulk of the tumor. But then through intensive focus on her diet, doing lots and lots of research, trying many many alternative healers and finally finding a true healer in California, she was able to deal with the subtler levels of cancer. She also swears that the du'a an-nur (light prayer) saved her life. She's been through a lot, 11 surgeries over the years, some chemo, and constant vigilance in her lifestyle.
    If this woman that you know would like to speak with her, I'd be happy to connect them. My mother in-law Sara is an amazing woman and is always ready to counsel people who have cancer.