The Beatles said it best: I get by with a little help from my friends. Erin Coonan Schmidt had to learn that the hard way.
In December 2008, one month after her wedding, 27-year-old Schmidt was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. For the next five years, she received monthly treatments and did everything right. But when she went in for her five-year MRI, doctors found that the cancer had metastasized to her liver and bones, putting her at Stage 4.