18 responses to Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl
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    Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 07:54)

    It’s unfortunate the family had to go to such measures to enforce what they felt was the best (although extremely difficult) decision about their daughter’s medical care.

    I wish them well.

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    Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 08:05)

    I sort of wish that hospitals would take a more lenient position on the wishes of their patients and of patients families.

    I think we all should pray for Sarah and her wellbeing one way or another.

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 09:26)

    Sometimes things are better left in God’s hands. I pray that Sarah and her family have a blessed and happy life together however long that may be. Quality of life is more important than quantity. My husband has terminal cancer and has decided no more treatment for that very reason.

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    Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 11:00)

    Jesus could heal Sarah’s body if it’s his will. We don’t always understand but that’s why we have Jesus to guide us.

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    Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 11:39)

    This is so sad but I stand behind the parents rights, ANY persons rights, to treat or not treat however they see fit.

    My sister had a severely invasive breast cancer.. but her doctor told her with tears in her eyes, that they had killed her with their chemo..She died a week later. So much for it being so great!

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    Tina Loveless
    Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 12:58)

    It is hard to watch our loved ones become ill as we powerless to help. Only those who have had to go through anytime of treatment for their cancer should be able to make the decision whether or not they would want to go through it again. I have watch family and friends battle cancer and have watched what their treatment did to them they always said I wont go through this again and we must support that decision because in the end God is our ultimate healer.

    Thank you

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    City Slicker
    Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 13:23)

    This wasn’t a case where “the village” or the “nanny nation” had an obligation to step in and take action in order to save a child who was being neglected by her parents. Sarah Hershberger lives surrounded by love.
    It was rather a case of “we know better than you; therefore your beliefs, feelings, and opinions don’t count”. The hospital couldn’t guarantee a cure, and their attempts may well have put the child and her family through hell here on earth.
    Prayers for ALL concerned.

    “Man proposes, God disposes”

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    Vannetta Chapman
    Comment on quantity vs quality (December 9th, 2013 at 13:32)

    quantity vs quality

    It seems mainstream culture puts an emphasis on QUANTITY of life versus QUALITY of life. 85% chance of 5 more years? And what will those 5 years be like? A very tough decision. I know what I would choose personally, but of course a child can’t decide — which is why its the decision of her parents.

    Our prayers go out to all involved–

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    Comment on None of us gets out of here alive (December 9th, 2013 at 14:05)

    None of us gets out of here alive

    We all die.

    Sarah will — by the odds — die earlier than she might have done if she had never developed cancer (but there’s always a semi over the next hill as she walks to school; His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are higher than ours; if we manage to frustrate the Lord’s purposes by employing chemotherapy, He always has that semi in his back pocket); she will die earlier than if she had received doctor-proposed treatment. By the odds.

    If one believes that God sets up the odds and then elects to change the rules… well, then that’s what one believes.

    If one believes that there’s an afterlife waiting for us all and that Sarah’s lucky to get there a few years earlier… well, then that’s what one believes.

    Some people believe that God has revealed, through science, tools that make it possible for this world’s Sarahs to beat the no-chemotherapy odds. And they believe that it’s OK to accept those tools as one of God’s gifts. But… that’s what they believe.

    After all, it’s not Sarah’s parents who are going to die early if they guess wrong. They have the luxury of making decisions with their daughter’s skin, not theirs, in the game.

    Poor Sarah, poor family, poor all of us…

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    Comment on The Hospital's Mandate (December 9th, 2013 at 14:42)

    The Hospital's Mandate

    Don’t blame the hospital. It is just doing what it is supposed to do. They have to come up with a treatment plan for anyone admitted as a patient. Palliative care is not part of their job description. When my husband’s mother was terminally ill, his sister-in-law, an RN, said, “Don’t put her in the hospital. Even though she is dying, they are obligated to give her medical treatment. They will put her on IVs to hydrate and feed her, which may prolong her life a few weeks but will certainly increase her suffering.”

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    Tim Payne
    Comment on Euthanasia (December 9th, 2013 at 17:56)


    This decision is simply confirming the right of a parent to murder a child through ignorance and neglect. And if that’s not bad enough, you don’t have to hide, just do it in the comfort of your own home. Is there any crime so heinous, it would be unacceptable to the faithful?

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      Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 10th, 2013 at 08:31)

      Tim I thought the right to have an abortion confirmed that right a long time ago. According to www.numberofabortions.com/ already 1,131,793 children have so far this year been murdered by their mothers through abortion. Bear in mind this figure excludes those deaths causes by the morning after pill. What are you doing about that Tim?

      Nothing??? well then get off your high horse about an Amish family refusing to let their little girl be used by the hospitals and drug companies as a human lab rat for their latest chemo therapy concoctions.
      They don’t work. It’s a farse to enrich themselves at your expense, everyone still dies sooner or later.

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    Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 20:42)

    Chemo is pretty well the last resort to possible save a patient’s life.
    My dad had chemo treatments. They can only give so many treatments and then they stop. Then the patient will die on his own.
    In all fairness, my dad had 3 tumors in his chest and 2 in his brain, and yes, he was a very heavy smoker.I talked to my dad’s doctor, who explained why they had to stop giving one more chemo treatment.
    As far as Sarah, none of us really know how bad her cancer is. Chemo
    treatments may help her or not.
    We, the readers should all pray for Sarah. Miracles happen every day.
    God will make the final judgement, for he knows what’s best for Sarah.
    I for one, will pray for Sarah. I pray you do as well.

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      Comment on Guardian Drops Attempt to Enforce Chemo on Amish Girl (December 9th, 2013 at 22:03)

      I agree that miracles happen every day.. My father in law was told 3 times that he had terminal cancer and he had less than 90 days to live in all 3 cases.. He lived another 40 years thanks to meditation, prayers, and in once case the ignorance of radiation back in the early days of treating cancer with it. They burned the bottom of his lung to a crisp.. and it saved his life. 🙂

      Miracles happen every day.. but when its out time to leave this world, we will.. no matter what we do.

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    Comment on So hard (December 9th, 2013 at 22:45)

    So hard

    This is a very hard subject to discuss. If Sarah was an adult she would have the right to make the decision to continue treatment or not and if she decided to discontinue the chemo not one of us would be posting our arguments here now. But she is a child and as a minor has no right to make this kind of a decision in the eyes of the law. That responsibility is left to her parents. They didn’t withhold treatment. They tried the chemo the doctors said was required to save her life. They are the ones who had to help her deal with the side effects. They are the ones who had to listen to her plead with them not to take her back for more treatment. They are the ones who ultimately had to, and had the right to, give in to her pleadings and end that treatment. No parent makes the decision that may be the cause of their child’s early death lightly. They agonized over it.
    Doctors don’t force treatment on patients, especially children, for money. They take an oath to treat patients to prolong and improve their lives. One of the foundations of that oath is to’first do no harm’. Unfortunately with cancer treatments very often they must poison the patient to kill the cancer. They must risk destroying healthy tissue to destroy the tumor.
    Prayers to all of them.

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    Comment on Just Sad (December 10th, 2013 at 10:58)

    Just Sad

    When I finished grad school I was diagnosed with Leukemia, and due to the severity of my situation, underwent a bone marrow transplant. Before one gets a BMT, you are put in an isolated room at the hospital then hooked up to all these IV’s and I was on chemo 2 hours, then off 2 hours for 10 days. Many people die during the transplant process, ie, the treatment itself, not to mention all the complications that follow a transplant. It is a known fact that cancer “treatment” causes cancer as well and I was warned that I could get a secondary cancer. Well, I have been diagnosed now, with my secondary cancer.

    I was a physical therapist before I got sick. I saw and treated many children with leukemia. One of the things that has been documented is that children have a much better chance beating leukemia or any other childhood cancer because of their young and growing, ever-changing bodies. Here in New England, most of our children beat leukemia, but we have very specialized hospitals designated for just children.

    It bothers me, as a Christian, when people say it’s in God’s hands or lets depend on God’s medical care, “OhmyGodcare” and everything will be fine. God has provided us with new technology and expertise in dealing with all heath issues. Could God heal Sarah? YES. Could God have healed me? YES MIght God still heal me? Maybe.

    Clearly Sarah getting leukemia has a reason, and God has a reason for my illness too. Maybe an illness is about that particular person or maybe it’s all about the changes that will happen to other’s, as a result of one’s illness.

    What is not up for argument here is how much a person does suffer during chemo or other cancer treatment. I now do hospice work and patients sometimes die as a result of treatment and might have had a better quality of life had they just stopped it. But as adults, we can decide on our own. Trying to make a prayerful decision has been tough for me. I want to follow His will, yet quality of life issues start to come into play.

    I’m hoping God will heal Sarah and He may have used her, as an example, to teach people that the Amish are not perfect and they battle some of the same issues us Englisher’s do. If Sarah loses the battle, she will be in a place where there is no pain, where people aren’t arguing over how to take of you, and she’ll be surrounded by God’s love.

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    Comment on Is it really worth it? (October 6th, 2015 at 06:57)

    Is it really worth it?

    In reading this article I was struck by the comment that apparently if she receives the 2 years of chemo she had 85% chance to survive 5 years. But if she doesn’t receive the treatment she might live a year. Well, is it really worth going through the torture of chemo to only live such a short time longer. While her life might be shorter without the chemo, the quality of that time may be much better. These parents were looking out for their daughters well being. They were not saying that the chemo would not lengthen her life a few years but they want the life she has left to be happier and less tortuous for her. They are not ignorant – they just want the best life possible for their child which may not be the same as the longest life possible. This is not murder. This is letting God have control and helping their child be happy for whatever time she has left.
    These parents did what was best for their child!

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