Mary Elizabeth Williams was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. In her book, A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science and Cancer, she shares her story of facing death and how a radical immunotherapy treatment (which comes from the lessons of AIDS research) restored her to life.
Williams was interviewed by The Atlantic. My favourite insight she shares is: "Even within the cancer community, a lot of advocacy groups don’t want to talk about people with Stage 4 disease. They want that inspirational story of “I kicked cancer’s butt!” If it’s a darker scenario, or just a more complicated one, you are ignored. That frustrated me as a person and as a reader. I wasn’t seeing stories about people who were living [with the disease] like I was."
1) Surviving Cancer Without the Positive Thinking by Peggy Orenstein. The Atlantic. May 7, 2016