(BPT) - Shortly before her 48th birthday, Gerry discovered a lump through self-examination and was later diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Two years later, she learned the initial diagnosis was wrong and that she was actually at stage 4 — also known as metastatic breast cancer (MBC) — which is a more advanced form of breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. For Gerry, the cancer had metastasized to her gastrointestinal tract including her colon and small intestine, abdomen and liver.

Each year, about 16,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with MBC. As a single mom of three, Gerry has learned how to appreciate and enjoy every little thing that life has given her while living with MBC. In this video, Gerry shares her journey and how she has worked with her oncologist to find a treatment that is right for her, which has helped her enjoy time with her family and embrace the small and big moments that matter.