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Originally Posted by splash
My mother was diagnosed with leukemia when I was a newborn... several weeks old I believe. She was told to immediately stop nursing me and start chemo. She refused. Her doctors were pissed, the family was pressuring her to 'think of me' and to get treatment to live. She would not.
She breastfed me exclusively until I was 8 months old, and then she stopped to pursue treatment. She died when I was three. Had she put me on formula and gone straight to chemo, she likely would still be alive. But she put it off, and she may have paid for it with her life. But, she breastfed me, which was more important (to her).
I used to hate her for it... I mean, I would have been fine on formula. I felt like I killed her. But eventually I saw it for what it was, and I respected her decision. So, she died to breastfeed me. Which is why I get so pissed off at women who CHOOSE to formula feed, just because BF takes too much time, too much work, isn't sexy, etc.
Originally Posted by mollyeilis
quite obviously OFF topic
I wanted to tell you there's NO guarantee. My mom did the chemo and went instantly into remission, and then the drugs killed her (blood thinners and undiagnosed stomach ulcers and/or esophageal varices are a sickeningly BAD combination). No guarantees.
I'm glad you don't hate her for it now. But there would have been no guarantee the chemo would have done anything, and even if it had, the drugs might have done what they did to MY mom.
Hugs to BOTH of us...
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