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A Day in the Life of a 40-Year-Old Woman With Advanced Breast Cancer

A Day in the Life of a 40-Year-Old Woman With Advanced Breast Cancer

Khadijah Carter is a 40-year-old woman living a very full life in New York City. She's a former journalist who now works as an information specialist for the New York Police Department. She sings in her local choir, she's active in her church, she jogs to her kickboxing class, and she's the mother of a beautiful daughter, Deja. She's also living with metastatic breast cancer, the most serious and advanced stage.

As Glamour reported in our October issue, metastatic disease is the most advanced (stage IV) breast cancer — and many women haven't even heard of it. Pfizer launched an informational campaign called A Story Half Told in order to help raise awareness about it. Khadijah was one of several women with the disease who volunteered to have her life captured in photos and help spread the word. Here's a look at a day in Khadijah's life.

Khadijah, left, with daughter Deja:


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Helping her daughter with her hair in the morning:


Khadijah gets herself ready and heads to work:

Multitasking to get it all done during a busy day:

On Sundays, she sings at her local church:

She runs to her kickboxing class:


Throwing punches:


Snapping a photo at a local fair:


Khadijah clears her head during a walk home over the Brooklyn Bridge:


At the end of a long day, she spends a quiet moment on the beach:


When you see the strength of women like Khadijah, doesn't it make you want to live each day to the fullest? That's her hope in participating in this project, not to mention to simply spread knowledge about metastatic disease. Learn more about Khadijah and metastatic breast cancer on the A Story Half Told website.

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Photo Credit: Steve McCurry/A Story Half Told