Henrietta Lacks Life And Legacy

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The story of Henrietta Lacks life and legacy is one that I find heartbreaking but also bittersweet. Learning about her story over 60 years after her death makes me wonder if it were me, how I would feel about what happened. The way I perceive Henrietta was to be a good woman. She was a loyal wife to a man who she knew was unfaithful. She had five children when she fell ill and was devastated to learn her radium treatments left her unable to have more. She was protective of her family’s feelings, by keeping her cancer a secret from them so as not to worry them. Her family described her as an outgoing and beautiful woman of God. Henrietta and I have very little in common. I’ve never experienced prejudice because of my skin color or lived in a
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