This is Michael.
Today I will continue to focus on what really occurs when a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer is forced to take harsh chemotherapy drugs and other treatments designed and approved for adults. I have documented and written before about the side effects and the later life effects of these drugs, but often missed is the physical pain and the physical suffering that the children experience when taking these drugs. For example, none of us likes to vomit or feel nauseous. When kids take these chemo agents, multiple days on end of vomiting and nausea is commonplace, even with anti-nausea medications (more drugs put in the kids). The pain is so bad that children lie in their bed and moan and tears run down their cheeks. I recall pushing Cannon's pain pump over 20 times in just ONE of the days following his stem cell transplant in Philadelphia, and that was pain medication (Dilaudid, which eventually he became addicted to--- another hazard for the child) that was in ADDITION to the continual drip of pain control meds that he pushed through his port. I have called this before "True Human Suffering" and it is. There is no way to sugarcoat it and it's wrong. It is unjust. And it is unnecessary.
Childhood cancer Awareness Fact of the Day: So severe is the pain and the misery and the suffering of children who undergo treatment for cancer, that such suffering would be considered impermissible torture pursuant to the United Nation’s Convention Against Torture if inflicted on an adult as punishment. Source: Kids v Cancer, www.kidsvcancer.org .
UN Convention Against Torture. (Article 1) (“For the purposes of this Convention, torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”)
Please help Melissa and me make the general public more aware. Tell someone in line at the grocery store, ask your children to do a project in school on kids' cancer, or send a link from CannonballKidscancer, St. Baldrick's, Alex's Lemonade Stand or CureSearch to all of your friends and those on your email list. Doing so will ultimately increase funds to charitable foundations in small, but sometimes big, ways. Increase in funds to charitable groups and foundations means more and broader research into why children's cancer occurs and trying to find a cause, and in the interim, less painful and more effective treatment so that kids currently suffering from cancer have a better chance to live to be an adult. This can be done. Please--- in honor of all the children lost to cancer every single day and to honor the pain suffered in the hearts of families who have lost a child, a sibling, a niece or nephew, grandchild or godchild to cancer--- help us make people aware that cancer strikes children and we need help to fund more research to bring an end to it.