Response #2 chapters 8–14
There has been a few key moments in these chapters that have surprised me a lot ! We have been introduced to a lot of new people in Rebecca Skloots journey to learn more about Henrietta Lacks. In these most recent chapters we have met cousins, children, friends, and others who new Mrs.Lacks very well. But they wont open up about Mrs.Lacks for reasons of respect friendship and fear.In chapters 8–14 of my book the author really enriched the reader in great amounts of knowledge from herself and many others. As I come to realization this book is not just about the life and experiences of Henrietta Lacks , a women, a mother, a wife, and a cancer patient. But a book that holds within social justice, literature, science, medicine, and history, all reaching out to me the very diverse mind and many others.
Ms. Skloot examined stories of the doctors and other researchers involved in HeLa cases. In chapter 12 the year 1951 has to be the most significant moment of the book, Gey’s lab assistant Mary who has been growing HeLa cells stands next to Henrietta’s corpse as the pathologist, Dr. Wilbur sews Henrietta up after Wilbur has deposited parts of Henrietta’s organs into the petrie dishes Mary holds. Mary tries not to look at the body because it makes her feel sick. When they are finished she brings her head up to see red painted toes. At this moment Mary has this awful feeling she comes to realization this is a human being this is just a women and feels doubt. We go through the stage of resent, remorse, and then relief. We experience Mrs.Lacks funeral and all that come with like the storm and the awful winds, all of these things were a few of the details that stood out to me, the comparison of Mrs.Lacks being the storm and not going to the grave easy. Chapter 13 was a chapter of craziness, it examined all the impact that HeLa cells mad like the polio virus vaccine and cell cloning and the findings that the human body has 46 not 48 chromosomes. Chapter 14 is the remarks and the thought behind why Gey made Henrietta's donor unknown and it just ends out making him seem more like the bad guy, because the family dose not know about the living cells still.
While reading these chapter we reach part two of the book named Death.Henrietta had passed away in 1951. The present year was 1999. Ms. Skloot the author and the narrator started on her quest for answers, only to come to disappointment at the beginning. Her calls to Henrietta’s husband Day are rejected and her trip to Baltimore to meet there son Sonny (David) never got to happen. Since the passing of Mrs.Lacks the Lacks family has received many calls about there mother and her cells. In the later chapters I hope to be introduced to the Lacks family more specifically Day. Rebecca Skloot has taken us through her beginning journey of gaining knowledge of Mrs.Lacks and the many places you will go like Clover, such a dark and mysterious town with so much to tell.
The part that really caught me in the book was when Ms.Skloot is in the Holiday Inn in Baltimore and finds a Rolling Stone article about the Lacks family from the 1970’s. She reads this article and learns that the same hotel she was sitting in another writer stayed in who was researching the Lacks family decades before her. I am not sure why but this portion of this chapter just caught me, it made me get this since of excitement like a sing in the book that things happen for a reason.