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Carrie

Love and Faith Give Me Strength

Strength in the face of breast cancer… it is something that each diagnosis demands, and sometimes it comes more readily than others. In the nine years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my strength has been fueled and sustained by my unwavering faith, along with the boundless love and support from my family.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30, less than two months after marrying the man of my dreams, and while pregnant with our first child, rocked me to my core. In all honesty, it brought me to my knees feeling shattered, confused, angry and fearful beyond words. With no family history of the disease and being otherwise healthy, I was blindsided by this diagnosis. To further my devastation, I miscarried our unborn child just weeks later and felt stripped of my courage.

Turning to my family and my faith offered me the reassurance that no matter what, I was loved and I was not alone – especially during the days of my treatment that were filled with difficulties, losses, heartache and pain.

As I now enjoy a healthy, abundant life, which includes our three post-cancer miracle babies, my strength continues to come from my family and trust in my beliefs. Summed up: I attribute my courage as a survivor, my hunger for life and my passion for living well and celebrating each day, to the miraculous powers of love and faith.

Working with Ford Motor Company in their Warriors in Pink program as a Model of Courage has given me an opportunity to share my story in an effort to inspire those currently in the fight. I do so now to encourage others to draw upon the love that is undoubtedly present in their lives, to find strength within their blessings – and to remind them that they are not alone. There is reason to hold hope… even against all odds.

Carrie, Ford Warriors in Pink/Model of Courage