Emma's Story: Motherhood and Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer


“Thank you MSK. These are the moments that matter.” This is Emma’s story.

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We’re shaving your head!

I know!

What do you think of mommy’s new hair?



I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Was good for almost ten years and then got diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018.

Over time this has spread to my lungs. My bones. My brain.

Me coming home after brain surgery – there’s not much you can do to prepare your kid to see you look like that. That was probably one of those moments that I will never forget.

When I first got diagnosed, the kids were two and three and a half. A lot of women like myself going through metastatic breast cancer – younger than me – don’t get the gift of seeing their kids at this age.

This is a milestone that I’ve had on my goal list since 2008. I got to see Peter at drop-off.

I made it. Man, I feel so lucky. Thank you MSK. These are the moments that matter.

Just because you're diagnosed with stage four is not a death sentence. What’s important to me is trying to make what time I have left count.