Carrie Anne Vieceli
Carrie Anne Vieceli
- age: 45
- year of diagnosis: September 7, 2005
- survivor years: 9 years (10 years in September)
- current city: Encinitas, CA
- type of breast cancer: Triple Negative, invasive ductal carcinoma, Stage 2B
- marital status: Married
- profession: Mom of 3 and Domestic Goddess
- Being diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer at the age of 30, while pregnant and less than two months after marrying the man of her dreams, was not the life Carrie had imagined. However now, 10 years after chemotherapy, radiation and a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, Carrie has given birth to three post-cancer 'miracle babies'. “I am in constant awe of what my body, along with the grace of God, has been able to achieve.”
- What is your idea of happiness?
- Living in the moment - filled with gratitude.
- When and where were you happiest?
- Right now - as an eight-year young breast cancer survivor, mom of three amazing post-cancer miracle babies, and married to the man of my dreams.
- What is your biggest fear?
- Life passing too quickly.
- Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
- The Little Engine That Could (by Watty Piper).
- What is your greatest regret?
- Not keeping a daily journal throughout my cancer treatment.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
- The power to heal.
- How has having breast cancer changed your outlook on life?
- I have become keenly aware of the fragility of life and it's fleeting nature, I am more driven than ever to live a full, healthy life, and I am profoundly grateful for each day that I am blessed with on this earth. Being granted the privilege of survivorship has provided me with a calling to serve others facing cancer. I am committed to sharing my story in an effort to offer support, understanding and hope.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
- Having the courage to believe that I could live a life beyond cancer; taking the leap of faith into motherhood without allowing my fears of recurrence to dictate my path.
- What was your darkest hour?
- When I had to tell my husband, mother and father that I had breast cancer. Those vivid moments still break my heart and will forever bring me to tears.
- What is your greatest joy?