During the fall of 2017, while contracted by Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), photographer Jennifer Langille was assigned to spent a day with Larissa Podermanski. The work was for a series of "day-in-the-life" features of women with the disease. While having been working with BCRF for a year, Larissa's passion to live despite her diagnosis was a life-changing experience for Jennifer. The work with BCRF came to its conclusion, however, the seed was planted to investigate further the impact this disease is having on communities across the country.

"Metastatic breast cancer is considered rare in young women my age (always knew I was special) I started off scared to turn 30 now I hope to see 40." ~ Larissa Podermanski / Metastatically Speaking

Below is photo essay created while working with Larissa, her husband, beloved dogs, family, and friends. Each of them forever impacted by Larissa's diagnosis and Jennifer's reminder to why every story matters. Larissa passed on May 10, 2018 and this project is very much in her honor.

Please take the time to read Larissa's story:  Metastatically Speaking @metastatically_speaking