I have been aware that my great grandmother had breast cancer but until I started researching for this paper I didn’t really understand what exactly breast cancer was. I know it is bad and if left untreated or caught too late it is very fatal, I am really into a show called "Parenthood" and one of the characters is diagnosed. This show is so well produced that it brings you into it, I feel like I am part of the family. The character's name is Kristina, and she's a mom of three. She is in her late thirties to early forties when she has her last child and shortly after the baby is born she goes in for a mammogram and it turns out to be not what she expected.
She woke up with a severe pain in her side and began to have difficulty walking. Any kind of ailment was unusual for her as she had always been a healthy person. This particular Friday morning took her and everyone around her by surprise. Her daughter immediately took her to the hospital where they immediately began to run tests. Several hours later the grimed faced doctors said, Mrs. Flores you have cancer all over your body and it would be best to call all your family together.
By having to do twice as much work as I normally would, I developed a very good work ethic. Another biological factor that had an influence on my life was during my senior year. My mom got a tumor on her spine from a staph infection and was hospitalized for the last half of the school year. Even though I was not the one who was in the hospital, it still had a big influence on my life during that portion of the year. The stress and pressure of school was a lot to handle at the time, and my mom being sick just added to the stress and pressure.
Some people like math and others dislike math. I have been in math since the 1st grade. I have enjoyed math ever since. The high and low points in math have pushed me to do my best no matter the course. My strong liking for math has helped become a math student.
I have my mother to thank for that. This said woman was my mother. She was a flight attendant at the time for US Airways and despite being busy 24/7, she tried her best to make time for both me and my education. From what I was told, my mother was valedictorian of her high school class and was had many extra- curricular activities to credit for. Despite being a great student and having tons of friends, there was something else going on in my life at the time, in which very few people in my circle were privy to… My mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the time, so when she became sick, I had to become her aid.
My mathematical journey begins in the fifth grade. Obviously, I have learned how to do math before this point in my life, but this is the farthest back I truly remember content and my experience. My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Keller, unfortunately was pregnant and in time left on maternity leave. However, I enjoyed her as a teacher and understood what we were learning in math when she was present. The substitute that filled her place was not the best thing to occur.
I lost five ponds in two four weeks due to that illness. My mom, bought a ticket for us and flew me back home immediately the doctor told her we needed to stay for four days. This singular act of love and care, that she showed me during that moment of a life threatening sickness, uncovered a lot about her disposition and values, I had never seen prior to that time. She is an ordinary woman, but she has done extraordinary things that even made me wonder at her strengths and capabilities. She inspires everybody she comes in contact with.
No other adult was home at the time and I had to manage the experience alone. I remained calm and took care of her until emergency personnel arrived to take over her medical needs. Everything ended well with her and I felt that I managed everything with maturity. Later on, at age thirteen, I also observed the process of this same grandparent going through a battle with breast cancer. Because of these experiences, the idea of a nursing career blossomed and has stuck with me the longest.
One of the things I love about math was that it is consistent and logical. No matter how hard the puzzle gets, the pieces fit perfectly together. My biggest accomplishment in middle school was passing the OAKS math test (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills). The OAKS test assesses your abilities in english, reading, and math.Although I didn’t pass the reading and writing portion of the exam, I scored above average in the math section, which advanced me and a few other of my classmates into geometry when we enter High School.
Grandma never did see that cat near the sandbox ever again. After living in Clifton Hills for a while, grandma and her family suddenly moved south to the little town of Mount Vernon, Missouri when she was nine years old because her father was diagnosed with tuberculosis and admitted to the Missouri State Sanatorium, which is known as the Missouri Rehabilitation Center. For the next five years, life was very hard for grandma and her family. Grandma’s mom supported her children with only what she earned making and selling quilts. She was so determined to provide for her family, that when grandma and her older brother Bobby contracted the measles and had to stay home, she had them lay on the couch and framed a quilt over them with the help of grandma’s Aunt Ruth.