Release Date: February 2, 2010
In 1951, Tobacco Farmer Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer. Before her death, cervical cells were harvested without her consent and became the first human cells to grow in a lab. They would grow an entire generation of new cells in a 24-hour period. Over the years those cells, known as HeLa to scientists, became a hot commodity in the scientific world standing at the forefront of some of the greatest medical breakthroughs, but Henrietta Lacks remained largely unknown. Unknown — until her daughter started looking to find out more about the mother she’d never known. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is her story. Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Publication Date: September 21, 2014
This review is dedicated to Allison Ridgeway Doan, the wife of one of my husband’s childhood friends and a lovely person, who lost her battle with cancer yesterday. Check out her memoir released not long before her death, Bruised and Beautiful.
In His Name was Ben: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin, Sara Phillips’ life changed when she received a cancer diagnosis. Life was over until she met Ben and everything changed yet again. Continue reading His Name was Ben: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin
Publication Date: October 25, 2013
Three short stories addressing death, child abuse and strength in the face of incredible odds. The stories contained are “Samburger and Flies,” “Eli and Ralph” and “This is Me.” These stories are difficult to read, powerfully written, emotionally draining and awesome. Frayn’s writing is flawless. There is nothing with which I can find fault. Frayn gives us a glimpse into a world that might seem bleak but is not without heroes.
Continue reading A Trio of Unrelated Stories by Julie Frayn
Publication Date: February 21, 2013
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00BJC5M7E” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513GrawzKZL._SL160_.jpg” width=”120″]Can dogs smell cancer in their owners? We know that working dogs use their keen sense of smell in their daily jobs, but did you know that dogs can smell certain maladies including cancer in their owners.
Continue reading Dogs Sniff Cancer (& Other Groundbreaking Cancer News) by Jennifer Avis