Cancer is horrible. I believe cancer is caused mainly because of the way we humans disrespect the environment these days - we dump, we pollute and we create carcinogens. In the old days, my tribe would carry people who were in extreme and uncontrollable physical pain to the tree we planted when we were little and there we would pray to the spirits and bleed these people to death. Thankfully, these days we have very strong pain killers available but I am bothered by the reluctance of physicians to prescribe the strongest pain killers available to Indians. Such pain killers are thoughtlessly prescribed to Whites but doctors hesitate to prescribe them to Indians. They probably think we will get addicted to them or maybe we have more pain tolerance, or worse, maybe we will sell them to others. I don't know what their reasoning is. I have a relative who tells me that the Yelloweagle Rucap is a blessing to her in her fight with cancer. All services are provided free and this organization does not even accept donations. I hope many more such grassroots movements spring up to help Indians with cancer. I wrote to the Yelloweagle Rucap and asked them to start something similar for Indians with diabetes and that is something they said they will consider in the future. But I do hope every single one of the 565 recognized tribes - as well as the unrecognized ones - will start free services like the Yelloweagle Rucap for both cancer patients and those of us with diabetes. The other thing that I wanted to mention is that many cancer patients want to die and if that is their wish, we need to respect that. If they want to stop treatment, our families and physicians should not put undue pressure on them to continue treatment. If we want to join those in the spirit world with dignity, it should be their right to do so.
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 23:52