She is now 62, and probably never thought that she would live to this age. That’s the thing about AIDS, it works in different ways and she never knew when it was going to take her life. This is why she pleaded for the Republican Party to take a stand and fight against the AIDS
Racism in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Imagine your mother, sister, wife, or cousin was diagnosed with cervical cancer and you believed the doctors were doing everything in their power to help her. Only later you discovered her cells were used for research without consent and she was not properly informed of the risks of her treatment due to her race. This story happened and is told by Rebecca Skloot in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Skloot use of narrative and her writing style enhances the understanding of the story. Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer at John Hopkins Hospital.
She is a white, mother of two, and this highlights that AIDS is an epidemic that no one is safe from. “Though I am white and a mother, I am one with a black infant struggling with tubes in a Philadelphia hospital. Though I am female and contracted this disease in marriage and enjoy the warm support of my family, I am one with the lonely gay man sheltering a flickering candle from the cold wind of his family’s rejection” (Fisher). Fisher earned the opportunity to deliver her message by speaking out about the issue of HIV and AIDS at platform hearings. “Less than three months ago at platform hearings in Salt Lake City, I asked the Republican Party to lift the shroud of silence which has been draped over the issue of HIV and AIDS” (Fisher).
Despite the Pure Food and Drug Act being formed, many the deaths and issues from drugs were still proceeding. After 107 people including a six year old, died from a poisonous ingredient in Elixir Sulfanilamide, a chemical relative of antifreeze, the distraught mother of the child wrote a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt about her grief and how something must be done. President Roosevelt responded by enacting The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. This act improved the past act by requiring manufacturers to submit an application to the FDA before marketing a drug, and by calling for adequate labeling for safe use of drugs. This act created requirements that certain drugs be labeled for sale by prescription only.
The Fault in Our Stars is a beautiful novel written by John Green. This story takes place in Amsterdam and Indianapolis, where it 's based mainly on two characters, Hazel, and Augustus. Hazel is facing stage four Thyroid cancer, and Augustus suffers from osteosarcoma, another form of cancer. Hazel is a very heartwarming character who never gives up no matter what, but like most teenagers, she dislikes doing what her parents believe is good for her. Her parents tried convincing her to attend a support group, but she just didn 't buy it until one day her mom forces her to go.
Halpanny and Newman 1998 wrote: In the final months of her life, Annie Lindsell’s struggle to be allowed to die with dignity became front page news, at the end of October 1997; she won a High Court action that allowed her doctor to administer potentially lethal pain-relieving drugs to prevent her from choking to death. This High Court victory opened up the debate on Euthanasia and the laws surrounding physician’s assisted suicide. Like Annie there are many people lying in our nation’s hospital simply waiting to die, since there are nothing humanly possible that can be done to save their lives.
After her stomach is cleaned free of the pills, Mildred claims no recollection of her ever taking more than two pills. The life she lives along with the rest of the population is not a life at all but in fact a fabrication to bury away the true feelings they all experience. Bleach stains encompass all areas of the head. The bleach represents the artificiality that Mildred has spent time and money to become. Her brittle, bleached hair and skin came from her desire to be viewed as good-looking by others in an attempt to raise her self-esteem.
There are real case incidents in which a 14 year old girl suffering from terminal cystic fibrosis is asking her country’s president for permission to end her life. She had self shot a video in which she says “I am tired of living this disease and she can authorize an injection through which I can sleep forever”. The girl's video has sparked a broader conversation about whether euthanasia should be legalized in the largely Catholic nation. According to me we should let euthanasia be legal as there is no significance in keeping them alive against their wish as we don’t know how much they are suffering. Another incident is where the woman moved to Oregon where euthanasia is legal to take advantage of Oregon’s death with Dignity Law.
That was a more public display that was stopped by an eight year old girl, before anything really occurred. There are also more private violence that people get hints at through the this book. Many of the main hints were given during Tom Robinson’s trial. “ “She says she never kissed a grown man before an’ she might as well kiss a nigger. She says that what her papa do to her don't count” ( Lee 260).
In “Am I MS?” Miriamne Ara Krummel talks about her personal journey she endured dealing with multiple sclerosis. Krummel further explains at the end how she was finally able to accept her diagnosis and to embrace it. She finds that it’s important to be open about the disease. She believes that, “it might be helpful if more people would talk about death and dying as an intrinsic part of life” (76-77).When she was first diagnosed, she had a difficult time coping with MS.
In Mary Fisher’s speech, “1992 Republican National Convention Address,” given on August 19, 1992 in Houston, Texas she explained that having AIDS is not a reason to look at her differently or to look at other with eyes of judgment because over “two hundred thousand either are dead or dying from AIDS… a million more are infected” and there will be more in the years to come. As Fisher continues to appeal to the audiences sense of emotion by saying how she is a mother and married into a great and welcoming family that doesn’t discriminate against her because she has AIDS and she states that if you are safe from this disease you are not, you’re endanger, she wasn’t gay so she wasn’t in danger, she wasn’t a hemophiliac she wasn’t at risk, but that’s
Few years later Bessie started feeling sick. Bessie went to the hospital and found out she had aids and was pregnant again. Bessie told Christopher she was pregnant and he fainted. When Christopher came back he said you can’t be pregnant because I’m married and I have 2 kids back at home already. Bessie started living in depression after Christopher wanted nothing to do with her and Bessie threaten to tell his wife.