A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles

Author: Mary Elizabeth Williams
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426216343
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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'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.

Die Helle Stunde

Author: Nina Riggs
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641214165
Format: PDF, ePub
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Wie sehr das Leben leuchtet, auch in seinen dunkelsten Momenten. "Sterben ist nicht das Ende der Welt", hat ihre Mutter einmal gesagt. Doch erst jetzt beginnt Nina Riggs den Satz zu verstehen: Mit 38 Jahren hat sie unheilbar Krebs, die Ärzte geben ihr noch 18 bis 36 Monate. Wie lebt man ein Leben, dessen Ende feststeht, das aber dennoch gelebt werden will? Wie macht man Pläne für den Urlaub, wie spricht man mit den Kindern, und wie ist man weiterhin eine liebende Partnerin? Nina Riggs hat ein Buch geschrieben über ihre letzten Monate, das keine Krankengeschichte ist und keine heldenhafte Kampfansage an den Krebs. Es ist ein Buch über den Zweifel und die Angst, aber auch über die unendliche Schönheit des Augenblicks und den beharrlichen Blick nach vorn. Es ist ein Buch darüber, wie sehr das Leben leuchtet, auch in seinen dunkelsten Momenten.

Back to Life

Author: Frank Sadowski
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692401217
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Back To Life: A Bladder Cancer Journey by Frank Sadowski is a first-person narrative covering the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment decisions, surgery and recovery of one man diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer in 2007. While doubtless of interest to bladder cancer patients, the book is written as an exciting adventure with many twists and turns that will appeal to all. While ultimately a story of survival, it carries strong themes of persistence, commitment, friendship and love. The frankness of the storytelling is skillfully offset with lighter touches and humor, and the story races to an unexpectedly heart-pounding ending. "As a Stage 4 melanoma survivor, I found myself deeply moved by - and profoundly grateful for - Frank Sadowski's honest and enlightening account of what it's really like inside the cancer experience. But more than that, simply as a reader, I was enthralled with his effortless gift for compelling storytelling. "Back to Life" is full of humor, suspense, and grit, a medical drama that brims with heart and soul." -- Mary Elizabeth Williams, staff writer at Salon.com and author of "Gimme Shelter" and "A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer." From the foreword by Sia Daneshmand, M.D.: This is the first book of its kind. There is a paucity of public attention to this prevalent disease, and bladder cancer research is severely underfunded. Back to Life: A Bladder Cancer Journey highlights this important subject and encourages patients and physicians alike to understand the dilemma from the patient's perspective and to appreciate the anguish they go through following the initial consultation. It is important to know that patients can fully emerge from the initial difficult recovery period following a radical cystectomy to lead unrestricted, productive lives. Through this honest and moving account of his cancer journey, Frank shows us how this can be done. His story should prove enlightening and inspiring to patients grappling with illness and difficult treatment decisions, as well as to medical professionals and indeed to anyone with an interest in how persons facing profound challenges find it within themselves to cope wisely and courageously.

Ein Jahr voller Wunder

Author: Karen Thompson Walker
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783442753635
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Eine beunruhigende Nachricht hören Julia und ihre Familie während des Frühstücks: Die Erdrotation verlangsamt sich. Was wird das für ihre Zukunft bedeuten?

Nicht ohne dich

Author: Jennifer Weiner
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783442473465
Format: PDF, ePub
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Nach Jahren steht Valerie wieder vor Addies Haustür und bittet um Hilfe. Addie, enttäuscht von ihrer ehemaligen Freundin, erklärt sich dennoch bereit ihr zu helfen. Valerie glaubt einen ehemaligen Mitschüler, der sie in der Schulzeit vergewaltigte, überfahren zu haben und ist auf der Flucht.