Meet Carol Miele

Carol is a wife, grandmother and retired nurse, who was diagnosed with de novo metastatic breast cancer (mBC) in October 2010 after noticing a mass on her breast during a self-examination. De novo mBC means the breast cancer is metastatic at initial diagnosis. In the U.S., approximately six percent of women are diagnosed with de novo mBC.

Carol writes and paints to help her cope with her mBC diagnosis. Shortly following her diagnosis, she began chronicling her experiences through poetry, which was eventually published in her first book, Metastatic Madness. She continues to write as a contributor for the Huffington Post about different topics related to breast cancer and published a second book, Kicking Cancer to the Curb!

Photographed by Chris Ozer and Angelo Merendino

Carol is a wife, grandmother and retired nurse, who was diagnosed with de novo metastatic breast cancer (mBC) in October 2010 after noticing a mass on her breast during a selfexamination. De novo mBC means the breast cancer is metastatic at initial diagnosis. In the U.S., approximately six percent of women are diagnosed with de novo mBC.

Carol writes and paints to help her cope with her mBC diagnosis. Shortly following her diagnosis, she began chronicling her experiences through poetry,

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Carol reflects on how writing helped her express herself following her mBC diagnosis.

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A little time in the pool is just what Carol needs to beat the Florida heat.

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Not only does her dog Flora provide emotional support during treatment, she also keeps Carol active and on her toes at home.

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Carol enjoys an afternoon stroll with her husband, Gene. Coping with life with mBC is always easier when someone you love is right by your side.

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Carol doesn’t let her mBC diagnosis paint her world. Carol relies on art therapy to stay focused on the positive things in life.

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A lifelong friendship: Carol and Yvonne graduated from nursing school together in 1965.

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Thanks to Carol’s hard work – in 2016, the state of Florida proclaimed that the month of February is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Some people living with mBC bring their pets with them to their treatments for support. Carol lovingly calls her dog, Flora, her "chemo buddy.”

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Photographer Chris Ozer and Carol Miele discuss their work to capture her story.

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After being diagnosed with mBC Carol wrote her first book, Metastatic Madness. The book chronicles Carol’s thoughts and feelings immediately following her diagnosis – and how she moved forward.

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Carol reunites with her childhood friends.

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Carol attends an eye doctor appointment with her husband, Gene. After all he does to support her, she is glad to be his support person.

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Carol reminds us to take a moment, a breath, a bite. It's important to enjoy a break from the action.

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Carol is constantly connecting with members of the mBC community online, offering her support and perspective to others.

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Carol has a very special connection with animals. For her, and others living with mBC, it’s important to surround yourself with the things and people that make you happy.