Part two of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, once again submerges the reader in to the world of HeLa cells. This section emphasizes what occurred with Henrietta’s immortal cells after her death. Along with the many medical discoveries made from these miracle cells, part two delves into the physical and emotional abuse that Henrietta’s children were forced to live with after her passing all while struggling financially while their mother’s cells are being sold for millions of dollars. Skloot continues her phenomenal synopsis of the life of Henrietta Lacks and the stories her cells continue to tell. One of the utmost riveting and critical scenes of this section occurs in the first few pages.
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It turned out to be stage 1B Melanoma (Leonard). Is the tan really worth it? Having to spend hours at doctors appointments to get rid of the cancer. Researchers estimate that indoor tanning may cause upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year ("Indoor Tanning Industry Under Scrutiny”). Some of these cases lead to Melanoma which is the most dangerous type of skin cancer that exists.
Grieving allows people to let the person close to them go so they can keep living in a healthy way (American Cancer Society, 2014). Grieving has been described in stages, but it does not really feel that way to the bereaved person who has ups and downs, much like a roller coaster ride. Sometimes a person feels better for a little while then becomes sad again (American Cancer Society, 2014). The relationship between the person who died and the person grieving, along with the circumstances of the death, and one’s own life experiences affect the grieving process (American Cancer Society,
Hundreds of thousands of dollars go into representing the value of a human life. The government continuously hands money to civilians who lost a loved one and struggle to maintain a lifestyle. Putting a dollar value on human life is without a doubt inhumane, but valuing life as much as possible is the most important aspect to discovering human value. Reading an interview titled, “Roger Ebert: The Essential Man [Excerpts]” by Chris Jones, I came to an appalling but realistic conclusion that sickness changes the way a person values life. Ebert, in the interview states, “I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find out.” He got incredibly sick and was on the verge of death and had finally realized how precious life and happiness was (paragraph 34).
The Greatest Canadian: Terry Fox Terry fox was and continues to be an inspiration to many. His Marathon of Hope, raised amazing amounts of awareness and money for cancer research. Today, millions of people from over twenty countries across the globe continue to participate every year in the Terry Fox Run and Terry Fox Funding events to raise money for cancer. Terrance Stanley Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 28, 1958 and grew up in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. He discovered that he had a malignant tumor in his right leg in March 1977 and shortly after had his leg amputated because the infection would quickly spread to the rest of his body (UrbanMoms, 2013).
Since its inception in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has taken more than 650,000 calls and claims to have saved more than 23,000 lives (McCarl, 2013). Targeting Risk Factors. Bruce (2010) states that “from a public health perspective, the ideal target for suicide prevention is a risk factor that is strongly in association with
Outline Thesis statement: The problem of organ shortage is a very serious now. More and more people are waiting for organs to continue their lives. We have the responsibilities to understand the situation and give a hand to solve the problem. Introduction I. Hook: compare the number of dead people because of organ lacking with that of the 911 accident and the Vietnam War II. Current statistic: more than 122,201 men, women, and children is waiting for life-saving organ transplants.
As a child, I often spent my time constantly in and out of my pediatrician’s office and at hospitals getting my blood drawn, checking for jaundice, and making sure that my Hepatitis B remain dormant in my liver. But all of the appointments spent with these people made me view them second to my parents: if my parents couldn’t fix my Hep B, then they would call their “handy-dandy friends” to fix me up. And I always thought it was so amazing that these unbelievable heroes could assuage human pain and disease with their bare hands, whether it was performing a breast biopsy to scribbling a prescription down on paper—I wanted to be just like them. But it was when my little sister Kristine and I were racing for the keys on top of a shelf above the
Majority of patients grappling with incurable diseases such as cancer and Hiv & Aids tend to lose hope once they receive these medical reports from doctors. Through postmodernism, nurses are able to help these patients by counselling them. Through counselling, the patient is informed on the dos and don’ts. This helps the person to sacrifice some of the things that they treasure an example is if the patient is a meat lover, they will have to forego eating it. This results in a quick recovery of their patients (Reed,
In “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, Rebecca Skloot analyzes ethics in past scientific/medical studies, specifically Henrietta Lack’s case, to alter the way the reader sees how modern medicine came to be. Doctors took the cancer cells of a young, poor, African-American woman diagnosed with cervix cancer in 1951, without her consent, and used them to grow an immortal cell line that has made millions of dollars and is still used today. Skloot shows the effect Henrietta’s infamous cells (HeLa cells) have had on the scientific community presently and show the negative effect it has had on her family. The author wants the audience be aware of the how an essential cell line used in research was created with great ethical injustice. Skloot wants audiences to learn a little from Henrietta’s story and at least be aware of the ethical scientific issues today to form their own opinion.