I'm trying to grab a value from one def without running using extra code

heres an example of what im trying to do
def myStuff(self, level=12):
   print "Welcome to my stuff"
def runMyStuff(self):
   code to get value of level w/o adding anything to myStuff
   print myStuffLevel
now it is required that i do not add anything to the def myStuff is it possible to do this? if so can you please show me how?