Carol is a 70-year-old wife, grandmother and retired nurse, who was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2010 at the metastatic stage after noticing a mass during a self-examination. Carol has turned to the arts to help cope with her breast cancer and continues to engage in activities including painting and writing. Following her diagnosis, she began chronicling her experiences through poetry and prose that she shared with other women living with MBC, which were eventually published in her first book, Metastatic Madness. She continues to write as a contributor for the Huffington Post about various topics related to breast cancer and published a second book, Kicking Cancer to the Curb!.
Video: Carol Miele
A retired nurse living in Florida, Carol reflects on how she was drawn to writing as an outlet to express herself following her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.
A lifelong friendship: Carol and Yvonne. From nursing school, class of ’65 to next-door neighbors in Ocala, Florida.
Video: Behind the Scenes
Photographer Chris Ozer and Carol Miele discuss their efforts to capture her story and shine a light on metastatic breast cancer.
Thanks to Carol’s work as an advocate for women with metastatic breast cancer, the State of Florida proclaimed the month of February Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Support is a two-way street in the Miele household, as Carol lends hers to husband Gene during his pre-op appointment for an upcoming cataract surgery.
All Aboard! Carol hops on for a glass-bottom boat ride in the nearby Silver Springs State Park, Florida.
A break from the action, as Carol and Gene sit down for a quiet lunch together and wait for the rain to subside before resuming their day.
Few things are better than a reunion in Florida with childhood friends from the old neighborhood back in Pennsylvania.
Carol, who is a fan of everything Wonder Woman, lovingly refers to her convertible as her invisible plane.