[quote="jmcrae, post:9, topic:219889"]
St. Gianna took the risk that her cancer would be too far advanced for treatment by the time her baby was viable. As it turned out, this was so - when she gave birth to the baby, it was too late for treatment.
If she had accepted treatment, it would have certainly killed her baby - she would have lived, but she would never have known for certain what would have happened if she had tried to save her baby.
She is a Saint today, not because she took a path of certain death, but because she chose to take the risk of allowing her child to live. She lost - but she is in Heaven. If she had killed the baby, she would still be alive today - in the knowledge that she had killed her own child.
Her child attended her canonization ceremony, and received a blessing from the Pope. :)
I think that if you were to find yourself in such a situation, you would need to get as much information as possible about what all of your options are, and not only the physical consequences of each choice, but also the spiritual and moral consequences of each choice. Even if we are cured of every illness, we can't live on the earth forever - eventually, we die and face the eternal consequences of our choices.
Because the story of St. Gianna is so uplifting, I think it is important that we get the facts correct:
1) She did not have cancer, but a benign uterine fibroma (fairly common.)
2) She did, indeed, reject the suggested abortion; however, she did agree to surgery to remove the fibroma, which was performed when she was about 2 months pregnant.
3) She did insist towards the end of her pregnancy that - were it to come to a choice - the baby's life was to be saved. The baby was born healthy.
4) It was an infection (peritonitis) that killed her a week after the baby was born - not cancer. She would likely have been saved by today's antibiotics, unavailable to her then.