What makes an illness story good is the act of witness that says, implicitly or explicitly, "I will tell you not what you want to hear but what I know to be true because I have lived it. This truth will trouble you, but in the end, you cannot be free without it, because you know it already; your body knows it already. ...becoming a witness makes the coherence of memory [a] responsibility. Memory is a responsibility because as it is told it becomes witness and reaches beyond the individual into the consciousness of the community."
—Arthur Frank, The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness and Ethics