Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer at John Hopkins Hospital. Her doctor collected cancerous cells and healthy cells from her cervix and gave them to the cancer researcher, George Otto Gey, who was trying to keep cells alive for more than a couple days. Henrietta endured intense radium treatments, but she still died at the age of 31, leaving her husband and five children behind. An amazing discovery was made Henrietta’s cell were immortal. Racism is prevalent in this book through the limited availability of healthcare, unethical behaviors of the doctors, and how racism affected her family.
Living forever seems to be an incredible concept. After all, who hasn’t feared death at least once in their life? Despite this, Natalie Babbitt explains the negative effects of living forever in her novel, Tuck Everlasting. In this novel, a young girl named Winnie Foster meets a family of extraordinary and unusual people. This family, the Tucks, lets her in on their biggest secret: they can never die.
Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life however for Marilyn, her dream of becoming a doctor was not supported. In almost every upper level course she took in high school, Marilyn was the only girl. The boys harassed her and made her feel unwelcome. She also wanted to take a shop class however she was put into home ec instead. These boundaries that kept Marilyn
My senior year, my AP biology teacher recommended me for an internship with WISE (women in science and engineering). I was the only student from my school to be accepted and I was placed in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Johns Hopkins. I worked with a PhD student with the ultimate goal of creating signals that indicated cells specific behaviors depending on their location by developing patterns with DNA. To do this, I tested different reactions in a spectrofluorometer to measure the fluorescence emitted by each sample. This hands-on experience fascinated me and helped me realize that I am truly passionate about laboratory
Anne Bradstreet soon became one of the most controversially outspoken poets of her time, Born in Northampton, England transferred to Boston Massachusetts and moved from there on. She married at sixteen to her sweetheart Simon Bradstreet. She lived long enough to have eight kids, move halfway across the world to a foreign land, and survived smallpox. Sadly she was hit with a form of paralysis. She went on to write thirteen poems.
The novel states from Hannah’s view; “ I cannot remember, she whispered to herself. I cannot remember. She’d been shorn of memory as brutally as she’d been shorn of her hair, without permission, without reason… Gone, all gone, she thought again wildly… ” (94). Hannah feels like her past is being cut away from her with her hair. As each day passes in the camp, Hannah realizes more and more how important remembering is because she knows her knowledge about the Nazis may be the only thing between her and death.
Ada Lovelace, the Enchantress of Numbers, is known as a mathematician and the first female computer programmer. She was also an English writer, taking after her father, Lord George Gordon Byron, who was a famous poet. Ada Lovelace lived a short life, filled with unfortunate circumstances, but in that time she made advances in computer science that no one ever had before. Augusta Ada Byron, later known as Ada Lovelace, was born in London on December 10th, 1815 (biography.com). Her parents separated only five weeks after Ada was born because of their relationship issues and overall differences.
On the first day of class, I was really nervous, I didn’t know what to expect. You told us to email you our 3 goals for the class and life in general. I remember panicking because I had no idea what my 3 goals were. No teacher has ever asked me what my goals were, they have always just told me what their goals for me were. That day I said my goals were to read every chapter of the A&S book, to finish social science before the end of A&S, and to graduate high school and then college with a doctorate in Occupational therapy.
A 15-year-old girl, Amy Carter suffered four heart attacks and multiple organ failure two days later on Christmas Eve. Carter has fallen ill in December 2009 with a sore throat and flu-like symptoms. Soon doctors diagnosed her with glandular fever, but her condition worsened. However, her general practitioner (GP) told her to take paracetamol which is used as a pain reliever and to reduce fever. Plus, she was discharged from the hospital.
Emily created a new first person persona, it contained sharp eyed personas that could see the inescapable limitations of their societies. She helped pave a new age of poetry that would make the abstract tangible and define meaning without confining it. This poetry went almost unfound due to the fact she never shared them with anyone and was reclusive. Emily’s sister Lavinia Dickinson found all the poems she had written in a draw after she had died and about 4 years
Watson’s memoir appeared a decade after ovarian cancer took her life. So others responded to the representation of Watson’s female colleague and his story of the DNA. One of the main defenders of Rosalind Franklin is Brenda Maddox that offered a most insightful restoration of the research and life of the young scientist by writing this biography. “The Dark Lady of DNA” talks about many scientific archives and personal papers of scientists that Franklin used to work in Europe, America and England. This biography also offers letters written by friends, family and Franklin her-self.
No matter one’s career choice, family life, ethnicity, or culture, finding and owning one’s personal identity is a persistent struggle that can last an entire lifetime. One is surrounded by media and messages feigning “the perfect life” which begin to consume one’s thoughts with “what if’s” or “if only’s”. Lucy Grealy struggles with defining her self-image in her autobiography, Autobiography of a Face. Throughout Grealy’s accounts of her battle with cancer, bullies, and her self-esteem, readers get a raw, painful, yet incredibly relatable look into the elements that can contribute to self-image. In writing Autobiography of a Face, Grealy leaves readers with a chilling lesson: only readers themselves, not peers or the media or society, can choose how to define their lives.
The results came back. My eleven year old sister, my Riley had juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. This is a rare type of childhood brain cancer. My gorgeous little sister with long brown hair, and beautiful blue eyes that anyone can get lost in might not have children, get married, or even wake up tomorrow morning. My mother and I started noticing that she was having trouble walking, seeing and she was throwing up.
I have recently interviewed my grandmother, she is the mother of my father her name is Ngawiki Cooper. I asked her what was the first thing that she noticed differently about herself? She responded, Well i was 69 years old when i first notice a change in my breast, then I was advised to by my partner to go to the next screening, and it wasn 't until my breast got very painful till i took his advice, by that time i was 70 years old and i was too late the cancer had already speared into both my breast. I then asked her why she didn 't get her screening earlier when she first notices difference in her breast, and why didn 't she take her partner 's advice when it was he asked her? She replied, Because i didn 't think it was as serious as it ended up to be, I 'm old i get different kinds of pain throughout my whole body and unfortunately i class the pain in my breast as a passing pain where i thought i would never get it
Where Do Limits Matter? The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a biography, which describes the life of a woman whose cells reproduced even after her death. Rebecca Skloot the author of the book goes on a search to discover who Henrietta Lacks was and why no one knew the owner of the cells that saved countless lives for decades. Despite Rebecca Skloot finding Henrietta’s family and learning about their lives and history of their mother, the family was never aware of 〖HeLa〗^1 and what scientists were using her cells for until twenty years later. The information about HeLa cells brought great shock and distress to the family, which unfortunately was never completely resolved till this day.