BookNotes: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack

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Oh my! I learned so much science reading/listening to this book. I also learned how much science I simply assume all people understand. It was eye opening to learn about people who do not have that fundamental knowledge.

This is so much more than the story of HeLa cells and Henrietta Lacks, it is a story about presumption that occurred (and still occurs) in the medical and scientific communities. I’d like to hope these things don’t happen anymore, but I am uncertain.

February Habits and Goals:

  • 28 days of yoga I managed 27 days. One day I had a terrible migraine that required medication and made moving a problem.
  • 24 days of walking  24 days!
  • 8 days of strength training 10 days, included Pilates, Kettle Bells, and FWFL prep week workouts
  • continuing Welsh practice (bring section 2 levels up to 5, SSiW #6 and #7, and listening practice #1 each day.  Yes!  All these done. I even moved into Section 3 on 4 levels, and started Challenge #8
  • 24 days of writing — something, anything, for my class, for this blog, just on paper, whatever, but 6 days a week. Yes!!
  • 2 retreat days (after my Spiritual Companion Group, I’ll walk, and get lunch and then sit and read or think, but not work, until Hannah picks me up. Get ’em! This was surprisingly difficult. I felt like I “should” study, or write, or do more Welsh, or  . . .. , but the 2nd day was much easier than the first try.
  • read 2 fiction books and 2 non-fiction books Circe, Cherringham, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Atomic Habits  (+ audio books at night that I don’t really listen to so much as listen to until I fall asleep)

 

 

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