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
In 1951, at the age of 31 Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Henrietta was under treatment at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where cells from her malignant tumor were removed. Neither Henrietta nor any of her family members knew about the tissue sample and nor did the Hopkins ever informed them of the situation. Unfortunately after Henrietta’s radiation treatment, her condition continued to worsen and soon she lost her battle to cancer on octomber 4th 1951. Henriettas cells left the Hopkins what they discovered to be known to be the first immortal human cell line.
Doctors did not seem to concerned with this. The doctors who took care of Jeannie fitted her toes with toe braces and sent her on her way home (TGWTB). This was her first sign of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. Two months later, a bulbous swelling appeared on the back of her small, baby head (TGWTB) Her parents hadn’t a clue where if had come from for she had not hit her head on the side of her crib and she did not have an infected scratch (TGWTB). After a few days however, the swelling suddenly vanished (TGWTB).
Due to her parents dying and having no other family members around, Maggie Mae was put in the foster system. She hopped from home to home, eventually landing at Mr. Simms house, which is point two. She was twelve years old when she lived at Mr. Simm’s house, which is 6 years before the book. He abused her, but she stayed and didn’t tell anyone since his wife cooked really good southern meals and she was hardly fed in other homes. I made sure the house looked really small and distant on
Cancer Care Life-Changing Day: Arielle Pagan’s Story Everybody knows what cancer is and how it tears families and lives apart, but you always tell yourself that it won’t happen to you. That’s what Arielle Pagan was telling herself when one day she was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia after a routine check at the her local hospital. According to Lucy Pagan/ Arielle’s Mom, Arielle had the cold longer than usual and hadn’t been acting the way she normally does (Lucy Pagan). “She wasn’t herself and it began to worry me so I took her to the doctor. This went on for weeks and I never thought that it would be something so bad as cancer and I thought it was just the bad flu” (Lucy Pagan).
Lydia is a 45-year-old woman, who has been paralyzed for over six months due to a car accident. Since then, she can only communicate through nodding her head, and also has been on a ventilator for respiratory assistance and receiving tube feedings at Little Falls Hospital. Moreover, she was diagnosed and treated successfully for breast cancer before the accident. The medical staffs are uncertain as to whether she can understand what is going on to make any decisions about her life. An advance directive has been located however, a copy could not be found.
I, again, was too little to go through this devastation of him having cancer and eventually dying, but being a widow and having her husband die when you still have many years to go has major effects on you and your life. One of them can be your relationship with God. This past semester I asked my grandma this question for my religion class and just from this simple conversation I had with her, I learned a lot about her relationship with God and her faithfulness. “Why do you believe in God?” “I believe in God because when I was going through breast cancer and the death of your grandfather and when I felt alone in those times God was always with me. I might sound weird, but sometimes I just talk to God and I don’t even need a response because I know, deep down in my heart, that he is there for me,” Donna replied getting emotional.
My mother was not given the respect that she deserved. With no personal touch, eye contact and communication, she had lost the will to live. Although, my mother died after three years due to major organ failures, I think she had died emotionally long before her medical death. (Wordpress.com,
Although my mother was diagnosed with diabetes during her pregnancy with me, according to her doctor, her body was extensively damaged from the years the diabetes went undetected. My mother described her disease as a “silent killer”, something that was extremely difficult for a daughter to hear. I asked her about her
A few months ago, as my mother picked me up from school, she broke the news to me that my grandfather developed stage 4 lung cancer. Since my grandfather is one of the most important people in my life, hearing the news that he was soon passing away made me, and the people around me feel completely helpless. As my mom broke this horrible news to me, I shut myself from believing it. I find it quaint that my grandfather impacted my life in such a tremendous way. Although my grandfather was not biologically related to me, he taught me how giving up is never the solution to a problem.