What are some specific examples of Rebecca being persistance, strong willed, determined, and of the hardships she had to face in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

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One example of Rebecca's persistence is that, after learning about Henrietta Lack's immortal cells and that she never was told about the contribution and importance of her cell sample, Rebecca pursued the personal story of Rebecca through undergraduate and postgraduate studies into adult life in order to reveal Henrietta's to the overlooked Lack family and to the world.

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