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Life Lessons: Nancy Capelle


Life Lessons:
Nancy Capelle


*Are you happy at the moment?

Yes, overall I am. I have good days and bad days and ups and downs, but I honestly feel I am doing what I am meant to be doing.

*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

That there will come a time when you are comfortable in your own skin, but it may take awhile. Don’t give up. Value and protect your body and your mind because someday you will realize your self-worth.

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

That just because something is important to me, it isn’t necessarily important to everyone else

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I hope I can save a life, but primarily I want to be help my daughters build their self-confidence

*What’s your secret to happiness?

My secret to happiness is to not try to be something I think others want me to be

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Practicing CPR – it’s a reminder of how fragile life is

*What’s your biggest regret?

Not having taken more advantage of college and making life long friendships while in college. I was so caught up in dating that I missed out on the opportunities to make long-term female friends.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

That you can always find a way to turn a negative into a positive.

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

I would like to stop interrupting people when they are talking!

*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician

*When were you happiest?

With my personality, I am not sure feeling “happy” is a realistic goal. I am happiest when I stop trying to be happy, when I stop trying to be something I’m not and when I feel free to just be myself. I think chasing happiness can lead to a life of discontent and inability to live in the moment.

*What ten words best describe you?

Intense, Funny, Smart, Engaging, Hopeful, Dedicated, Brave, Questioning, Persistent, Lucky


On May 14, 2011, Nancy Capelle, a wife and mother of two young daughters, clinically died at the age of 40. She suffered a heart attack and cardiac arrest. Thanks to the quick actions of a paramedic, she is alive today to tell her harrowing story of life and death.

As a result of her experience, Nancy decided to radically change the focus of her professional life from what she thought others expected her to be to what she felt was her calling in life. Nancy resigned from her corporate job and became a Connecticut State licensed Emergency Medicine Technician and is now a volunteer EMT with the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She is also an American Heart Association Certified BLS Instructor and a certified EKG Technician. Nancy is also the Founder and Owner of Cardiac Companion, LLC. Nancy now challenges others to take action in their own lives. It shouldn’t take death to finally live the life you were meant to live.

You can connect with Nancy at her Cardiac Companion Facebook Page and on Twitter @cardiaccomp.

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