Singing the Life: The Story of a Family Living in the Shadow of Cancer

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As a result of a genetically-transmitted gene, all three Bryan sisters, Felicity, Elizabeth and Bunny have had cancer. And, unusually, each of them suffered a different cancer; ovarian, breast and pancreatic. As the gene also has a dominant inheritance, half of their family members can be expected to carry it. Now, in a personal and deeply affecting memoir, Elizabeth writes of her family's extraordinary experience of this dreadful disease. Writing not only as a daughter, sister and aunt of those afflicted and bereaved by cancer, but as a sufferer herself, she will tell of the shocks, sadnesses, dilemmas and uncertainties that come with diagnosis and then treatment. Giving a personal view from both the perspective of a patient and that of a relative, as well as comparing the impacts of remission and terminal prognoses on herself and those around her, "Singing the Life" gives a uniquely wide-ranging account of dealing with life-threatening illness and the threat it still poses in her family. Eloquently setting Elizabeth's personal story against the universal fears, problems and worries that face those affected by cancer, this is an inspirational and encouraging read unlike any other on the subject.

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"A candid, moving account" ( The Times)

"A unique insight into the disease told from the perspective of a doctor, patient and carer with remarkable optimism." ( Yorkshire Post)

"I felt humbled by [her] courage, openness and perceptions in recounting [her] own and [her] family's experiences. [Her] book will be so important for those who live with inherited risk and experience of serious conditions, as well as all those who work with these families." ( Professor Martin Richards, Director of the Centre of Family Research, Cambridge)

"Elizabeth Bryan's indomitable spirit and expansive humanity make this an uplifting and optimistic account; I was left in no doubt that I had just spent time with a truly remarkable woman." ( Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Chair of The Human Genetics Commission)

"Her optimism and stoicism will offer solace to fellow sufferers." ( FT Magazine)

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"Elizabeth Bryan's indomitable spirit and expansive humanity make this an uplifting and optimistic account; I was left in no doubt that I had just spent time with a truly remarkable woman."

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