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”.
When she was four she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Doctors were hesitant to perform surgery on her, because of her age. Maria did not flaunt or hide her disease she just lived her life. Four months after she received her first communion on April 30, 1961 her parents her parents took her to the lourdess Shrine, hoping that she would be cured and become the healthy child she had been at age four. A cure did not happen.
They took her to see Meredith, not knowing anything about her. Lisa told her years later that she had another sister and that her father had abandoned her when she was only two years old. The old good times of getting high with each other became the last things that they would do together. The fighting became so bad that Liz and Lisa had to lock themselves in their bedrooms. Leonard was the new friend of Ma’s around the house.
Ruth Rankin received some devastating at her 20-week ultrasound. She was told that her daughter would probably not survive after birth. Ruth 's daughter had a rare brain disorder. The doctors suggested that Ruth terminate her pregnancy, but she refused. Even though Ruth 's daughter was not supposed to survive, she is now four years-old.
She goes to school the next day and when she comes home from school she’s confused because she had not given birth. Around 11:30 PM that night she began to experience the pain. Contraction after contraction, the only thing she knew to do was call on Jesus. Her mom was by her side, while her dad waits in the waiting room, and Jesus sitting high, looking low soothing all the pain. Finally she 's in the room and her doctor was not on duty.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., on 02/25/16, Adrionna was brought to the Arise Youth Center by her mother, Donna Quinn, and her step-father, Michael Quinn. They reported they were not able to manage her behavior and wanted her to stay at Arise in the Runaway/Homeless Program. Donna reported Adrionna skips school often, is failing her classes, will not do her chores, fights with them, makes sexual remarks on Facebook, and leaves the home without letting anybody know. Donna and Adrionna were arguing last week and Donna put a bar of soap in Adrionna’s mouth. Donna also reported if Arise does not change Adrionna’s behavior she wants to release custody of her to DSS.
She carried on to the master bedroom where her mother(if she were even entitled to that name after leaving her with Hank) slept peacefully, blissfully unaware of what would soon happen to her new family. Nostalgia taking her out of the moment, she stood, feeling vulnerable as she had the night she witnessed her mother get tossed around like a rag doll. A jolt of self contempt passed through her as she realized if she killed her slowly like she intended to, she would be following in the footsteps of her father. She sat in the moonlit room listening to the chorus of breaths fill the room. She had to decide her new plan, and fast enough to avoid the police.
One night, I woke up to my sister screaming; her body was drenched in sweat, and she repeatedly said, “I can’t move my legs”. I was young then and didn’t understand what she meant. I slowly lifted the covers off of her legs. They looked perfectly normal to me, so I asked her to wiggle her toes. Thirty seconds went by, and no movement occurred; she says, “I really can’t move my legs”.
I tried my hardest to apologize, but she would not accept or even acknowledge it. Casey was clearly one to hold a grudge, even to a five year old. And I spent months trying to make up for it, even giving her my birthday money and presents. Nothing seemed to work. Eventually I gave up and I let it go.
Her treatment was very embarrassing and shameful for her because from that day on from meeting with her doctor, she had to have a daily injection of antibiotics in her buttocks for two weeks. She had to see her doctor for that shot during her lunch hour, before work or right after work so it was basically leaving her no time to herself. She had to get fourteen injections which had left a bruise. Even though it has been over a year she still needs to have blood tests every six months. She now has a new boyfriend but did not sleep with him for four months because she was frightened, stressed and depressed knowing she used to have syphilis.
Speak a Long Year with No Friends Laurie Halse Anderson wrote the novel Speak in 1999. The novel Speak was about a girl, named Melinda, who went to a party over the summer and she ended up calling the cops for a reason no one knew about. Once she went to school, she had no friends there, because everyone was mad that she had called the cops. In the novel, Speak, Melinda went a long time without telling her secret, and as a result was very depressed. Once she finally spoke up, her life started to get a lot better because she was finally able to begin the healing process.
When she was around others she would talk differently than how she talks with her mother. “…all the forms of Standard English that I had learned in school and through book, the forms of English I did not use at home with my mother” (118). Throughout her story she refers to the English her mother speaks as “Broken English” because her mother would say sentences like “Why he don’t send me check, already two weeks ago, but it hasn’t arrived” (119). Her mother didn’t have much difficulty understanding or reading English. When Tan was younger, she would feel embarrassed when her mother would speak because many people couldn’t understand her well.
I think she was scared to tell me. She said “Maxx, your sister Zoe has cancer.” I didn’t really know how to react so I just said, ”Okay.” When this happened, it took control of my sister. My sister has never had a fair life for her. Whenever she would get passed a major thing in her life something always comes around to bite her. This thing that started it all happened when she was 3-4 years old and my sister needed to have brain surgery
I grew up in a Christian Science household, meaning we did not use medical care for almost any reason. At the age of eight, my mother got very ill. At the time, my brother and I were not told the cause of her illness or the seriousness of her condition, all we were told is that one day she wouldn’t be sick anymore. For the next two years she became increasingly more ill and frail until she eventually passed away. I didn’t really understand at the time what exactly had happened especially since I was always told she would be getting better one day. Years later I found out that my mother’s illness was breast cancer, and because it was left untreated, it unavoidably caused her death.
Along side, Brianna only acts this way because when she was in 7th grade, she got pregnant and her mom kicked her out of the house. She ended up loosing the baby, but her mom was fairly disappointed in her she didn’t let her come back home. Brianna came to be homeless. Her best friend Shan felt sorry for her. Shan vaguely decided to let Brianna stay with her for a while until she was older also capable of out living on her own.