Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For Henrietta Lacks...

I've begun to read a book about a woman who was nearly lost to history. Her name is Henrietta Lacks.

The book is titled "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and it chronicles the tale of how cancer cells were taken from her body without her knowledge or consent but those cells have continued to live and have been used to find the polio vaccine, uncover secrets of cancer and viruses and have lead to such things as in vitro fertilization, among other advances in science and medicine.

Today is Henrietta Lacks Day in Turner Station, the town where she was raised and in honor of a woman who gave more than she realized, I thought I'd share this day with you all...

 
a recent bunch of flowers from my dear boyfriend, I think Henrietta would have liked the vibrant color of them considering her vibrant personality...


I do hope you'll take a minute to learn more about this woman whose story was nearly lost to us all. It is a fascinating one...


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Without those cancer cells, there is so much we might not have in medical science today. Thank you Henrietta for your contribution to so many medical advancements. You deserve to be remembered.

8 comments:

Amelia said...

wow - what a totally intriguing story. I've never heard of it, and to think of all the causes she has inadvertently helped!

Thanks for sharing :)

Amelia.x

slommler said...

Wow! This is new news to me as well. I have never heard that name! Big cheers for Henrietta for sure.
Hugs
SueAnn

Gwynnie B said...

You are part of this history too, dahling! By sharing Henrietta with us you've continued her legacy of helping so many. I've seen a documentary on her as well as reading up on her story. Crazy how it all happened, but miraculous with what those cells have done.

Thank you for honoring her and remembering her on her day. Women are so awesome!

xo
Gwynnie

chrissy said...

so totally interesting. thanks so much for sharing her story.

you are amazing.
xo

Becoming Dr Doc said...

Brilliant Monica, thanks.

Louise Gale said...

Thanks so much for sharing sweetie. AND those flowers your bf got you are lovely. I cant wait for Spring! xx

Eddie Bluelights said...

Yes, thank you Henrietta for sure. Did not know this.
We have encouraging news about cancer recently. They have identified the gene which allows the spread of cancer and now they think in 5-10 years they may have a universal cure. Shame it is that long but wonderul if they find the cure.
Hope you are OK my dear - hugs ~ Eddie

Kerri said...

yay for henrietta. so was she alive to know about it, or did they take the cells after she died? i'll have to wiki her- thanks!