A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer

A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer

by Mary Elizabeth Williams

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Overview

A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death—and be restored to life.

After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma—a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer—journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant cells. Astonishingly, her cancer disappears entirely in just a few weeks. But at the same time, her best friend embarks on a cancer journey of her own—with very different results. Williams's experiences as a patient and a medical test subject reveal with stark honesty what it takes to weather disease, the extraordinary new developments that are rewriting the rules of science—and the healing power of human connection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426216336
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 337,734
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS is a senior staff writer for award-winning Salon.com, and has appeared in the New York Times and numerous other national and regional publications. The author of Gimme Shelter: Ugly Houses, Cruddy Neighborhoods, Fast Talking Brokers, and Toxic Mortgages: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream, she lives in New York City with her family.

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A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sara_Strand More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book that is funny when it feels wrong to laugh, but it's heartbreaking and honest. You not only get the author's story and experience, but there is some fascinating information about cancer and cancer treatments in between chapters. A really good look at what it's like to have cancer that isn't a downer of a book.