Marissa Holzer

Marissa is a 40-something "flattie" in sunny SoCal living with metastatic breast cancer, her boyfriend (and high school sweetheart) and the memory of her not-so-mini schnauzer, Heidi, who was taken too soon by canine lymphoma. She enjoys reading, stress baking and roller skating. She hopes to inspire others with her stories about life with cancer.


Here’s to Appreciating Life and the Places You’ll Go, Despite Living With Cancer

January 23, 2022

A woman living with metastatic breast cancer describes how the death of a friend’s grandmother reminded her of her own grandmother’s passing and the lessons she learned about life from it that she applies in her cancer journey.

Breast Cancer Treatment Commercials Fail to Show the Reality of Metastatic Cancer

November 19, 2021

A woman living with metastatic breast cancer explains why TV commercials depicting carefree, happy people do not reflect the reality of her experience. “My life and the lives of those affected by metastatic breast cancer is anything but normal. Too many of us are dying every day,” she writes.

While I’m Busy Living With Metastatic Cancer, My Body Is Still Aging

November 12, 2021

A woman who has been living with metastatic breast cancer for seven years reflects on the strangeness of her body aging. “It’s the one thing I never imagined would happen after being diagnosed with and while living with a terminal illness – I’m actually getting old,” she writes.

How a Cemetery in an Abandoned Ghost Town Inspired One Patient With Cancer

August 24, 2021

“I like to think the people of Bodie counted every day and made every day count, as hard as their lives were, reminding me to do the same,” writes a woman with metastatic breast cancer about her visit to Bodie State Historic Park.