Every day, women like me are living life to the fullest, despite the odds. We are going to work. We are caring for our families. And all the while, we are battling cancer.

Thanks to medical advances, metastatic breast cancer – a disease I’ve lived with for nine years – doesn’t have to be an immediate death sentence. While the cancer is now in my bones, brain, lungs, liver and just about every lymph node in my body, I’m still here.

I’ve learned that living with stage four breast cancer is a marathon. While this terminal cancer isn’t beatable, it is potentially treatable with timely access to front-line medications. As a result, I have to try new drugs – and often.