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A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles

A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer

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

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.

  • Publisher: National Geographic (May 19, 2016)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781426216336