Agency working with patient being treated with traditional medicine – Eagle Feather News

July 17, 2017

When Richard Richardson found out he had stage four terminal lung cancer in February, the oncologist at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre told him it was inoperable, irreversible and that he was going to die. He recommended chemotherapy but the mayor of Green Lake, Saskatchewan, politely refused.

The oncologist was upset, Richardson said.

“‘So you’re refusing treatment?’ he said. I clarified, ‘No I’m not refusing treatment, I’m taking treatment, just not that one,’” said Richardson.

Richardson uses traditional Métis medicines and practices to treat his cancer with the help of his wife, Rose Richardson, who is a Métis Elder and medicine woman from northern Saskatchewan. Richardson spends two to three hours every day making teas from plants that he has picked in the proper manner. He rejected chemo and radiation because of the negative side effects, which would have diminished his quality of life.

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