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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' 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.

©2016 Mary Elizabeth Williams (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Outstanding!

such courage hope and honesty, loved this book, ooh and itS 9pm. I am 7

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relatable

could absolutely relate to her story has its happened to me.
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Amazing book...

Gives you even more respect to all people who need to go through all those life difficulties, illnesses. Great book which shows how things can get really tough in life... Interesting, emotional and hopeful... Narrated by the author who's voice is nice and calm which makes it pleasant to listen. I'm really glad that I've reached out for this book. It has opened my eyes on some things more.

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  • Mary
  • 22-08-20

Believe!

I have metastatic breast cancer, this book has given me hope that was not there before. Thank you, Mary Elizabeth Williams! Great job, I think it should be a movie!

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  • S. Gallegos
  • 27-06-16

Great writing & great heart

Mary Elizabeth is an excellent writer and tells an incredible story of love and loss.

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  • Amazonfor8years
  • 05-10-18

love this book

The true story give you strength, sense of humor, hope. Thanks for science change the world.

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  • Amy
  • 06-05-16

Excellent book!

This is an incredibly inspiring, thoughtful, educational and humorous book. I will recommend it to everyone. Be well and keep writing Mary Elizabeth.

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  • Aneta Rogoz
  • 10-08-22

Great read

Loved it. In my top 10 books I read this year. I needed to hear this perspective.

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  • Tunga
  • 24-07-22

Tubga U. Lithonia, GA

I enjoyed this book because it was very straightforward and to the point. The author did not mask her feelings about what she was experiencing on her journey to healing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-22

Delightfully Unexpected

I didn’t read the summary of this very well but if I had, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to read it. I’m glad I did. It’s a wonderful lesson in Empathy as well as many other issues/topics/diseases. Mary Elizabeth, thank you for a beautiful read. I know the time in which this occurred was a catastrophe but something really must be said about your grace in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment even though there was much crying. Thank you for breaking the mold on discussing this topic and for bringing it to me with such elegance! I will be recommending it to everyone I know.
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  • Josh Lavern
  • 18-06-22

Full of grace, humor and reality

Excellent writing and story. The author shares an intimate journey into her life as well as caregivers and community dealing with cancer. She does an outstanding job discussing community, support, hardship and all other aspects of the cancer journey. She does it with grace, humor and stark reality.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-06-22

So real/ So true

This book was amazing. The internal thoughts that we all have pulled the reader into the writers world. As a nurse, and nurse educator, this will help me understand and pass on the poignant view to my students. I am so glad i downloaded this book.

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  • laurie e.
  • 10-06-22

I’m awed

I am not usually a fan of audiobooks read by their authors, but Mary Elizabeth Williams knocked this one right out of the park! Her story is so frank and honest, with much added humor. Many times I thought I was listening to a good friend telling her story, in fact she reminded me very much of my sister-in-law who went through breast cancer and her relationship with her sister. I can’t recommend this book enough! There was sadness, but so much hope.