A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death-and be restored to life After being diagnosed in her early forties 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' 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.
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"Writer Mary Elizabeth Williams is reflective and rueful in her performance of her memoir about her journey through Stage IV melanoma. Williams capably balances information on cancer and its treatment with the pathos, banality, and flashes of humor that characterize her life with her husband and their two small children during the years she sought treatment. Ultimately, she wound up in a clinical trial of an immunotherapy regimen that saved her life. Williams is bare in her reading and writing. Her conversations with friends and family members also undergoing cancer treatment particularly shine with love, humor, and candor. This emotional and thoughtful portrait of a life sheds light on a new and promising branch of cancer treatment. A.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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