“Living With Stage IV Breast Cancer.” By Algerina Perna, The Darkroom, a photography and video blog of The Baltimore Sun

In September 2012, I photographed a group of women diagnosed with terminal stage IV breast cancer: Kay Campbell, Gretchen Carlquist, Dian “CJ” Corneliussen-James, Cecilia “Cece” Curry , and Sally Ring. As I photographed these women, I was struck by their energy, joyful demeanor and dedication in helping others with the same diagnosis. I wondered how these ladies live with the possibility of death so close at hand while at the same time not only managing the painful and debilitating effects of the disease and its treatment. What gives them the courage to carry on with such grace? Has their philosophy of life changed? Their view of death? Here are their answers.

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