“It is not my intention to give away the plot; but I think I die at the end” (Edson 6). Margaret Edson, throughout her play Wit, compares ways of viewing the world through the eyes of Dr. Vivian Bearing, a middle-aged professor of seventeenth-century poetry at the university. Recently diagnosed with stage four metastatic ovarian cancer, she undergoes treatment at a major research hospital and knows the prognosis is not good. Over the course of the play, Vivian takes the audience to various scenes in the past and present that illuminate her achievements in the world of scholarship and show what happens to her as she is treated with aggressive chemotherapy for eight months. As one might expect, her outlook on life and death, heavily influenced by the works of John Donne, change as the treatment progresses.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a book written by Rebecca Skloot. Chapter 1 begins shortly after Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah, and her son, Joe, were born. After those two were born, she then began to experience vaginal bleeding at the wrong time of the month. Feeling like something was wrong, Henrietta rushed to the doctor. She only went to see the doctor “If she felt she had no other choice”. She rushed to the Gynecologist, Howard Jones. For him only tot reveal that she had a cervical tumor. In 1951, Howard and his boss, Richard Wesley Telinde, were working hard to develop and improve methods for treating cervical cancer. With insufficient methods to gather information about the cancer, a number of women were accidently diagnosed with cervical cancer. Telinde wanted to improve treatment and diagnosis of cervical cancer, so he took tissue samples from Jones’ patients. Growing healthy and cancerous Samples of cervical tissue. They ended up taking Henrietta’s samples, but his coworkers were sure they would die altogether. After the procedure, Henretta Returned home and resumed her normal life once again. Her family had no idea she was sick. Henretta kept her sickness a secret,
The main aims the author had for the second visit with Joan was to access how the additional services that had been arranged at the first visit were working and if Joan required any additional support or advice.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” follows an unnamed woman as she struggles with an unspecified mental illness. The narrator and her husband, John, temporarily move to a colonial mansion. While there, the narrator becomes increasingly more obsessed with the yellow wallpaper that covers her bedroom. This obsession increasingly grows until she eventually breaks down at the end of the story. However, while the narrator is struggling with her mental illness, John brushes it off, continually saying that nothing is wrong with the narrator. He is completely oblivious to her mental state until the conclusion of the story, when he sees the full effect of his oversight. Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” shows us that maltreatment, particularly neglect and isolation can have diminishing and possibly drastic effects on a person with mental illness.
They began chatting and he seemed so friendly and non-threatning that even though she had her baby with her she agreed to go on a short drive with him to a nearby park.
When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a common colon disease, I had no idea what it was. It wasn’t until several tests and explanations from multiple doctors that my parents and I started to understand the extent of the problem. Although it didn’t seem like it would be a big deal, it quickly took over my entire life. Dealing with the condition meant chronic pain, medication, and many more doctors’ visits. Fortunately, my case wasn’t too severe. A few months after the diagnosis, the disease was manageable and I was able to live my riveting 14-year-old life.
“The most identifying trait of humanity is our ability to be inhumane.” This is a quote from Dean Koontz, an American author. As Koontz stated, humans often times act inhumane, lack the kindness or compassion for the things around them. This meaning that humans sometimes turn to other traits or abilities in order to live on with their life such as judgment or hatred. But just as humans share the ability to be inhumane, other characteristics of humanity can play a role in their lives as well. Morality, relationships, survival, loss, emotions, and choice are all characteristics that define humanity. These characteristics are shown in the novels Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and in How I Live Now.
Picture this. You are a six year old boy with your whole life in front of you. You have a brother and two sisters. Your mother and father are loving and only want what is best for you. You’re also very innocent and haven’t yet had to experience what real life is. Then, one day, you begin to feel pain in you bones. You don’t know what it is but it hurts. For most people, this isn’t a reality, but for Noah Wilson it was a huge part of his short life.
Have you ever thought about all the medical miracles? How many children have beat the odds of cancer? There are many today who are truly blessed and really have been given miracles; some are Peter, Kian, and Daniel. They have all beaten cancer in truly strong and amazing ways.
When a horse bucked and rolled over on her, Liz Romine had been left with a brain injury and a trip to the hospital. After it had bucked her, the horse ran off and died. The accident nearly cost Romine her life. In the past, Romine could not sit or walk because her feet did not respond. Despite these obstacles, she has recovered on an impressive level. She can now walk, and she knows her mother, friends and family.
Terry begins training for his “Marathon of Hope” which was a continental race across Canada to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society on one leg, something that has never been done before by anyone. His goal was to complete the race from east coast to west coast running 20 miles a day on one leg in hopes of raising money and awareness for cancer research. The journey was not easy on his mind or body for it was a very demanding challenge. At Terry’s halfway point he began to get sicker and had intense chest pain which brought his race to a halt. Doctors discovered the cancer had taken a turn for the worse and spread to Terry’s lungs, making him unable to finish his race. His courage and inspiration left many people speechless when by passing
Wild begins with Cheryl explaining to us her thoughts of hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. She tells the reader how she has contemplated this journey for awhile and how she has changed her mind several times; but still makes her way to the trail. Prior to her beginning her journey, she tells us a lot about her personal life. Cheryl grew up in a home where her father was verbally and physically abusive to her mother Bobbi. She was one of three children, the middle child. Eventually when her mother reached the age of twenty-eight, she left their father and they had moved to a community for single mothers with children. Cheryl explains how they did not have much at all, but their mother made them feel rich… rich with love. A few years later her mother met a man who was several years younger than she. They fell in love, got married and moved to the country. They had no
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. My mom decided to take her to the doctor, and he suggested to have her get an MRI. Today we got phone call from our doctor stating that she had cancer. I was in complete denial, until I realized that I had I stay strong for my best friend and help her through this tough moment in her life.
As a fourteen-year-old I have already experienced loss many times. I learned a lot about life and that it is important to live every single day as if it was my last. I learned how important it is to appreciate every day I am given. I especially learned this life lesson from probably one of the worst days of my life. (Prepositional)
Kathy H., the protagonist in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, has been a carer for over 11 years now. A carer is a clone, developed for organ donation in the dystopic novel, given the responsibility to care for other clones further into the process. She has good instincts with her donors, but might be seen by others as privileged because she was a student a Hailsham, an exclusive school. She describes herself as “lucky” to have gone there. Kathy’s donors “tend to do better than expected.” They have excellent recovery times and have few problems even before the fourth donation, which is apparently impressive although at this point the reader has no idea yet what any of this means. Kathy defends her privileged status saying, “Carers aren’t machines.” She describes her work as physically and mentally exhausting, deserving of any break available. The reader sympathizes early with Kathy because she is kind and earnest but mostly because one can’t imagine the horror of her existence. The criticism Ishiguro