If you have metastatic breast cancer, treatment is a lifelong necessity. These eight women share the details of metastatic breast cancer in their blogs and show you that you’re not alone and you’re braver than you think.

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When Vickie Young Wen first received her diagnosis at 48, her doctors thought she had stage 3 breast cancer. Less than a year later, doctors found the disease throughout her spine, both sides of her hips, and in a rib. They revised her diagnosis to say that she had metastatic cancer from the beginning. You won’t find sugarcoating if you read her blog I want more than a pink ribbon. She shares the reality of metastatic disease through the lens of her experiences.

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For Lisa Adams Thompson, The Cancer Classroom is her outlet and her coping strategy. She’s not above screaming, crying, and feeling all the feelings that come with metastatic cancer. She then throws that emotion into her writing. Whether it’s writing, running, walking, or even advocating, she says that having an outlet allows her to enjoy living even while she knows she’s dying.

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Mandi Hudson received a breast cancer diagnosis at 30 and a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis four years later. Her blog Darn Good Lemonade started as a way to keep friends and family in the loop. Now, it’s morphed into her place to live out loud. She’s laughing, crying, and living the best way she knows how.

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Ann Silberman blogs for Breast Cancer? But Doctor…. I hate pink!, where she explains every test and treatment with a dash of humor. Metastatic breast cancer is a very different from breast cancer that hasn’t metastasized. She speaks out against the “battle/survivor language of the pink movement” to spread awareness about metastatic breast cancer and inform people about the differences.

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Susan Rahn of Stickit2Stage4 received a diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic breast cancer at the age of 43. She uses her platform to educate people about what makes metastatic cancer so different and so deadly. The importance of funding research is another popular topic on her blog. Although breast cancer is well-known (it has its own month and color), metastatic breast cancer receives a sliver of funding dollars. Susan and others are fighting for that to change.

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Susan Rosen of Let Us Be Mermaids doesn’t say this to scare you. She’s saying it on her blog and here to call women to pay attention to the realities of research funding for metastatic breast cancer. So what can you do? Do your research before donating to a breast cancer cause. Make sure they’re truly using those donations for research and not just awareness.

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When Tammy Carmona received a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer at the age of 39, her doctor told her she likely had one year to live. Three years later, she’s still living, and she’s sharing her story at Living Life with Metastatic Breast Cancer. She credits her network of friends, family, and other women with metastatic breast cancer for supporting her and keeping her smiling.

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When Jen Campisano started Booby and the Beast, she knew nothing about cancer. When she received a diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer at age 32, she was a new mom. She thought she’d start a blog, keep people informed, beat cancer, and move on. Life hasn’t exactly been that cookie-cutter. It’s more than four years since that day, and this mom of a now 5-year-old is still writing. She touches on cancer, motherhood, and other parts of life.