The Butterfly Sings

After The Diagnosis, Medullary Thyroid Cancer Memoirs

by Bill McClain

The Butterfly Sings

The Butterfly Sings

After The Diagnosis, Medullary Thyroid Cancer Memoirs

by Bill McClain

Published Aug 10, 2019
433 Pages
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Cancer


Book Details

Thoughts from the 73 authors:

“I have finally been able to put into words what my heart and head have been going through.”

“While trying to write my story I had a big wall around me, but afterward I realized that writing this story finally forced me to accept that it is real.”

“Writing my story for this book has helped my mental well-being. MTC had broken my spirit, but writing about it has helped me regain my strength to carry on.”

“I had to look inward really hard to write my story. I’m glad I did because it provided such a release of built-up stress and emotions.”

Excerpts from the 93 stories:

“Life is what I make of it. It’s beautiful even if I do have a best friend named MTC who lives inside of me.”

“Often we have to drive our own bus in the (MTC) journey. With current advances, research, and support, we’re no longer driving in the dark.”

“Where there is Art, there is a way to screw up MTC’s day.”

“It’s been 20 years. For my family, MTC is not like a fire engulfing our house, chasing us ... It is like an unattended candle in a room that requires checking from time to time … we stand vigilant, prepared.”

“These intense, emotional, and personal descriptions of how the diagnosis … has impacted the lives of (MTC) patients … has provided me with insights into the impact on the everyday lives of our patients that I had barely understood even after more than 20 years of caring for patients with Medullary Thyroid Cancer.A must read for patients, families, friends, and their clinicians!”
R. Michael Tuttle, MD, Clinical Director, Endocrinology Service Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

“It has been my great honor and privilege to care for patients with Medullary Thyroid Cancer. After I read these stories written by MTC patients and their caregivers, I gained a greater depth of understanding how they perceived their cancer and how it affected their lives. Their stories are educational, inspirational, and deeply touching. This book is a ‘must read’ for physicians and other healthcare professionals who take care of patients with cancer so they can share their patients’ experiences.”
Mimi I. Hu, M.D., University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

The only directions given to the authors was to honestly write about how their life changed after they heard their diagnosis. The result in this second “After The Diagnosis” book, which contains 93 stories from 73 authors, is a collection of stories looking at this cancer from 93 unique angles. No two are alike. This second book has an expanded collection of art from the authors. The stories are raw, insightful, and uplifting. Each story is a gem. They come from those living with the cancer, as well as caretakers and family members. Clinicians, providers, and pharmaceutical companies have used these books as a powerful “Voice Of The Patient”, reminding themselves that there is a human story behind every patient.

All proceeds go to MTC research.

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