Mikayla Sault was a child not a cause for hate

Makayla Sault, 11, shown performing a dance routine at an event in Ohsweken last May, died Monday of what her parents say was a stroke, nearly a year after she was taken off chemotherapy for leukemia. www.thestar.com

Makayla Sault, 11, shown performing a dance routine at an event in Ohsweken last May, died Monday of what her parents say was a stroke, nearly a year after she was taken off chemotherapy for leukemia. www.thestar.com

Mikayla Sault was a child not a cause for hate

Who would use the death of a child to further a cause of hate towards an entire race of people?  A sick person with no heart.  Recently a 12 year old First Nation’s girl named Mikayla Sault, passed away from a stroke from undefined causes.  Mikayla decided that she didn’t want to have any chemotherapy for the cancer which was inside her little body reeking havoc and simply stopped taking the chemo and started using traditional First Nations medicine.

Mikayla died from a stroke and that is a debate right now.  Some people are claiming the stroke was not the result of the 12 weeks of chemotherapy Mikayla had undergone but there is a lot of evidence to back up just that.  In fact among the risk factors for stroke, chemotherapy is shown as below.

Risk factors: 
Several factors, including chemotherapy, can increase the risk of blood clots, patients with cancer are at higher risk, some other factors are:

  • Decreased mobility, bed rest.
  • Indwelling venous infusion catheters.
  • Chemotherapy
  • History of deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Obesity
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
  • Smoking

Source: http://www.http://chemocare.com/chemotherapy/side-effects/blood-clots-and-chemotherapy.aspx#.VMFdBSvF-YQ

What is a blood clot and is it related to chemotherapy?

Your body needs to be able to naturally clot it’s blood in order to heal after maintaining an injury and forms blood clots which look like a jelly-like mass of thick blood.  In order to achieve proper healing, an interesting chemical reaction must happen in the body including the blood plasma.  Chemotherapy has been shown to be a factor in creating blood clots.  It’s important to note that while blood clots may be a risk factor for those being treated for chemotherapy, they may also be caused by factors which are not related to the chemotherapy.

When a blood clot breaks off it can cause some serious issues by blocking arteries or veins including stopping blood flow (thrombus).  A blood clot blocking an artery in the heart can cause a heart attack.  A blood clot to the brain may lead to stroke.  A blood clot in the leg or pelvic vein is dangerous as well (deep vein thrombosis (DVT)).

An Embolus is a blood clot which has traveled through the bloodstream.  It may become smaller as it travels and may cause a blood vessel to block.  Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot which blocks an artery in the lung.

In the case of chemotherapy the affects may not show up immediately and may take awhile.  This is called “late effects”.

Brain, spinal cord, and nerve problems

Long term side effects to the brain, spinal cord and nerves can all be a result of chemotherapy.  Some of the late effects include but are not limited to:

  • Hearing loss from high doses of chemotherapy, especially drugs like cisplatin (Platinol)
  • Increased risk of stroke for those who had high doses of radiation treatment to the head, usually to treat a brain tumor
  • Nervous system side effects, such as damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord (peripheral neuropathy)

Source: http://www.cancer.net/survivorship/long-term-side-effects-cancer-treatment

If you have ever known anyone who has gone through chemotherapy, you know how difficult it is for them and for you to watch.  I believe that it is our body and as such we have the right to make a choice which is best for us and not have the doctors and or government tell me that I cannot.

Mikayla, at the tender age of 11, made the toughest decision of her young life and decided she didn’t want to go through with any further chemotherapy and decided, with her family, to follow her traditional First Nations medicines.  Some people would denounce this form of therapy but chemicals have been around for a short period of time and natural medicine has been around forever.

For those who question the validity of this traditional medicine, the Canadian Cancer Society is aware and respects those who choose to follow this path.  In fact on their website they have a special section dedicated to this topic.

First Nations healing is a holistic approach to health that integrates traditional healing practices such as special ceremonies, rituals and herbal medicines.

First Nations refer to Aboriginal people of Canada who were the first to live in Canada.  The First Nations people in Canada have practiced traditional medicine for thousands of years.  First Nations people are generally known in three groups:

  • Inuit
    • Inuit are a group of Aboriginal people living mainly in northern parts of Canada.
    • They have their own background, history and culture.
  • Métis
    • Métis describes people with mixed Aboriginal and European ancestry.

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/diagnosis-and-treatment/complementary-therapies/first-nations-healing/?region=on#ixzz3PaMZKI49

How is this traditional medicine practiced in First Nations communities like Mikayla’s?

Many elders are also seen as healers and are active in the traditional healing.  They know the process of healing is not purely physical but also one meant to help the mind and the spirit.

Healing happens in ceremonies, songs, music, dance, physical cures using herbal or animal medicine, counselling and with support and wisdom of the elders.

Practices:

  • Medicine Wheel – 4 parts as in four aspects of a person (physical, spiritual, mental & emotional). Different tribes have different meanings for the wheel.  It also means 4 directions, 4 seasons, 4 elements and four stages of life from childhood, youth, adulthood and elderhood. In the form of a healing circle.
  • Sweats – This is the practice of cleaning or purifying and healing.  Sweats can take place during a ritual or before/after. It is usually done in what is referred to as a Sweat Lodge but can be anywhere as long as the person who conducts the ritual is trained to do that.
  • Smudging – Using cedar, sage, sweetgrass or even tobacco, this traditional ceremony is used to cleans and purify negative energy from a person and or area.  This traditional ritual is not practiced by all tribes.  To smudge a person places their hands over the sacred smoke and then brings it to their body in a washing over motion to cleanse the body, soul and mind.
  • Tobacco – Seen as a sacred medicine by man First Nations peopke, it has been used in traditional ceremonies, rituals and prayers for thousands of years to: Give thanks – Communicate with the spirits – Purify the mind and heal the body. Tobacco can be used in different ways other than tying it and burning in a sacred smudge (fire).  Options: Sacred smoke from a sacred pipe which is not inhaled and only burned.  Dropping on ground or floor to give thanks to the Creator.  Dropping tobacco in water. The rising smoke is said to provide a direct link to the spirits.  If you ask an elder if they think using tobacco for non-traditional healing purposes they would agree it is not for that purpose and is disrespectful
  • Herbal medicine – Many First Nations people use local herbs to create medicine to treat physical issues.  It may come in the form of a tea, tincture or ointment.

While there is no proof of what traditional medicine can and cannot do, there is a mountain of evidence what chemical medicines can do.  Just like any medication, herbal medications may have interactions with other medications so it’s wise to check before taking the medication.

Mikayla Sault was an 11 year old girl, let her rest in peace

Mikayla was just a little girl who had a very bad disease.  Her family is missing the little girl with the huge smile.  Let Mikayla and her family rest in peace.

I am unsure why uneducated people open their mouths up to tear others apart over things which they know nothing about.  Mikayla is not a cause or a hate campaign directed at First Nations people because she chose what was best for her.  I’ve seen the most disgusting graphic on Facebook by a hate page there who used this little girl and her death as a stand for her hate campaign directed at all First Nations people and I was sickened enough to report it.  Today, I received notification from Facebook that the image being used in her hate campaign was removed for harassment.  Harassing an 11 year old deceased girl and her family is empty hearted to say the very least.

The bottom line is Mikayla was and is a real 11 year old girl and no one should use the death of a child, a long with stolen images, to use the child as a platform of hate against the very people this little girl was part of.

The only people who use a child’s death for their cause are sick

If you have cancer and choose chemo that is fine because that is your choice.  How would you feel if someone told you that you couldn’t do what you wanted to do with your own body?  A true sign of a narcissistic psychopath is the only human who would think it’s okay to target a deceased child and her family.  The sad thing is that the same woman claims her mom is undergoing chemotherapy so how would she feel if someone told her mom she couldn’t make the choice best for her body?  Do you think that her mom would listen to her or to what she thinks is best for her?  I know my choice.

I’m glad I had the image of the little girl removed and happier still that Facebook realized that the image was being used in a harmful way to target a little girl who died.  #shameful #PassALittleLoveOn

Thanks for reading my blog.

#RIPMikaylaSault #MikaylaSault

 

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