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I know this isn’t a natural disaster like the Tsunami the devastated Japan or hurricane Katrina the nearly destroyed New Orleans but cancer is certainly a disaster to me and plenty of other families in America. In recent news it has been discovered that breast cancer and cancer in general has killed more people than heart disease. This MEmorial is more than just an article its a dedication to my mother and a testimony straight from the heart. If i had any punctum relating to an article ever written in the world, it would be THIS ONE.  My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after my father died in 2009. She was fortunate enough to just have her left nipple removed. Sadly a week after my 20th birthday this year my mother told me that she has been diagnosed with a new strand of breast cancer. Luckily it has been caught in stage one. This will be the first time my mother has had to go through chemo and radiation. That is not only scary but its TERRIFYING!!!

My mother is a strong black woman and doesn’t and WONT let anything stop her or get in her way not even cancer. She owns her own drugs addiction counseling agency, Juliette Bartley Warnke Ass Inc. and cancer wont hold her back. Because my mother has been diagnosed with cancer that has not only made me value my life but my FAMILY. I have learned that life is not always guaranteed and someone could be here and healthy today and sick and dying tomorrow.



Cancer is no joke and has drastically devastated my family in more than one may. Last year cancer took my aunts life and a few members of my church. There has to be something to stop this terrible cancer pandemic. We should stop focusing on so much other diasters in other countries and focus on the one that is killing millions in the United States. I know it doesn’t make national news everyday but it is definitely something to be talked about.

I love the fact that at least a few million Americans have recognized that this is serious and people are dying from this. There are hundreds and thousands of websites and support groups dedicated to cancer patients and survivors like Y-Me, NCI, and Latest Cancer News. Thank God there are new ways to deal with and heal cancer like for example mother is trying a new treatment where they hook up a shunt and a needle lobe into her left breast so she can do chemo treatments at home. I just pray that she makes it through this treatment and the cancer is gone for good. Hopefully she can be a witness for somebody else and can give an amazing testimony to give support to other cancer patients.


But wasn’t he a soldier??

In Electronic Monuments Chapter 4 it states that “A MEmorial documents a case that shows the potential for arts and entertainment practices to produce a methodology capable of grasping a situation holistically in an image.” Ulmer also says that people can become an image like in the example he gives about the transexual high school teacher turning into a woman and how people were for that and against it. When we think of a solider an “image” of a strong, brave and courageous young man or woman pops up in our minds. We don’t think of an infant murderer.

We as a society has this view of soldiers as people who would give up there own life to save someone else’s, heroes. Supposedly the perfect American. Sadly we have put this view on soldiers and when they do something outrageous like killing a baby nobody can understand why. Nobody can understand that even though hes a soldier hes still a human and humans make mistakes. Stupid mistakes like getting sooooo frustrated with a baby he hits it. This isnt the first time a man has killed a baby out of frustration but this IS the first time I’ve heard of a soldier doing that. The story will forever make me remember that even though society has placed an image on someone or something that doesn’t make it true. Not everything is as it seems.

(A decorated U.S. Army soldier allegedly admitted he killed a 4-month-old girl he and his wife were trying to adopt, police said Friday.)


Won’t be doing God’s work ANYMORE

The Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, has decided to end the death penalty. Illinois is part of the 16 states to discontinue using the death penalty. Illinois alone has executed 20 innocent people on death row. “Having said that, we cannot have a death-penalty system in our state which kills innocents, and unfortunately our system was in grave danger of doing exactly that in 20 instances” says Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor would rather have the inmates that commit such hanis crimes like murder and rape to be sentenced to life without parole then to chance taken an innocents life.

I know this story isn’t some huge disaster like the tsunami in Japan but it meant something to me. I chose this article because I’m from Peoria Illinois and this affects me in a small way.  At least I know my hometown is doing something that I believe in. I believe this is right because NOBODY has the right to take another persons life. That should be left up to God or whoever or whatever you believe in. Its about time for the rest of the 50 states to jump on board with abolishing the death penalty. How many more innocent people are going to have to die before they realize this is the right thing to do?