The Love between Sisters
Has the thought ever crossed your mind what it might be like if you had a child that was dying? What if she had a rare form of cancer and the only way to save her is to find a donor that is a perfect match. Expand your thoughts even more and imagine when her oncologist suggests that a perfect match donor could possibly be developed genetically in order to save her life. This is the foundation for the 2004 novel “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. I liked this book because it is well written, realistic, and shows the intense love between two sisters.
The author came up with the idea for this book while researching for another book she was writing called Second Chance. (BookRags 2) By the time this book came to light, she began writing after experiencing a medical condition with her own son. He was diagnosed at the age of five with a benign tumor in his ear. This type of tumor is called “cholesteatoma” and although the tumor is not cancerous, it can grow until it embeds in your brain and kills you. Jodi, along with her husband, decided to try an experimental treatment for her son. The treatment could possible save some of his hearing but it could also require more surgeries down the road. After ten surgeries, her son has partial hearing in his right ear and is now tumor free. Her own experiences were an importance factor in her starting this book and also gave her the insight to finish it. Mrs. Picoult writes a stunning, compelling book that opens up the question whether it is ethical to develop a baby to be used solely for the purpose of being a donor for another child. My Sister’s Keeper is a story about a 13 year old girl, Anna, who hires an attorney, Campbell Alexander, to sue her parents for medical control of her own body. Ana was genetically designed to be a donor for her sister Kate who is dying of leukemia. Her entire life, Anna has given genetic material to her sister and now it is time to give her one of her...
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