In the nearly two weeks since Jessica Ainscough died, I have seen numerous comments and posts from her supporters who claim that Jessica Ainscough made the choice to live out her remaining years with both arms intact instead of amputating her arm. There is a myth floating around out there that Jessica Ainscough believed she was faced with two equally horrifying options: she could either amputate her arm and have a chance at a normal or greatly extended lifespan, or she could refuse the surgery and live out her remaining years with both arms intact. Supporters of Ainscough claim that the amputation option was not really all that great of a choice anyway, because it offered no guarantee and the cancer could still come back and get her in the end. They will argue that Jessica made the better choice by keeping her arm, in that she was able to live as a "whole" person before she died of cancer. But the truth is that Jessica Ainscough never had the opportunity to make this choice because her choice was stolen from her by the purveyors of fantasy-based medicine.
The flingers of woo do this all the time; they steal a cancer sufferer's choice from them, and that is exactly what happened to Jessica. There was a moment a few years ago or so when Jessica heard a bit of terrible news from her oncologist: her cancer had returned and her only real treatment option was to get an amputation. The amputation would not be able to guarantee a successful outcome; it could only offer a reasonable chance of extending her life. Her only other option was to die from untreated epithelioid sarcoma. But then, something truly horrible happened to Jessica. She did her own "research". This is generally when the thievery starts in earnest. You see, Jessica Ainscough was made to believe that she had a third option. This "option" was by far the best option she had. With this "option" Jessica could keep her arm, she would not have to undergo chemo or radiation, she could heal her cancer naturally and painlessly, and best of all, she would survive cancer and go on to live a full life. Who would not choose this over death or amputation?
But it was all a lie.
This third option was a complete and total fantasy with no basis in reality. Thus, it was of course no option at all. However, the Gerson Therapy promoters lied to Jessica and convinced her that it was. At that moment, Jessica Ainscough had lost her right to make a choice regarding her cancer. To anyone out there who says that Jessica chose to die with both arms intact, you are completely wrong. Jessica Ainscough "chose" to live a cancer-free, full life with both arms intact. Naturally and inevitably that choice resulted in Jessica dying with both arms intact and within the expected amount of time. But make no mistake, Jessica never made that choice. That choice was made for her by the people who sold her fantasy-based medicine. They usurped what should have been her choice and in the process guaranteed her death from cancer before she was thirty. So for those of you who insist that it was "Jessica's choice" to do what she did, understand that a person enslaved by another's lie no longer has the liberty to make their own decisions.
Reality-based medicine left Jessica free to make a choice; fantasy-based medicine stole what should have been her choice and left her to die.