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Tracey’s Story

18 Apr 2016 by Krystal Barter
Tracey’s Story

Tracey Ryan

My name is Tracey and this is my story.

I am 49 years young soon to be 50 and omg what a party we are going to have. I am married and have two children – a daughter 26 and a son 15 (my son is chronically ill, he requires a bowel transplant). My family history of cancer is that I had four aunties on my father’s side die from breast cancer before they were 50, my mother had bowel cancer, her sister died from cancer and I have three uncles with prostate cancer.

I found my lump when I was in the Royal Children’s Hospital with my son in late February 2010. It was stage 3 grade 4 cancer; I had the lump removed in early March 2010 and did eight rounds of chemo. In November 2010 I had both breasts removed and a tram flap reconstruction and during this time found out that I now have cancer in my spine. Thought I was going ok until now but have been told that I cannot be cured as my boyfriend has now settled in my rib, lung and liver BUT life is good. I am still undergoing treatment and will do so for as long as I can.

I’m still very much alive and, with the help and strength of my wonderful husband and beautiful children, will remain so for a long time. I look at life differently now; trying not to stress as much and making the most of each beautiful day. I have my wonderful ‘Pink Daughters’ support group whom I adore and without whom I’d struggle to cope. People like these and other special friends get me through the inevitable tough days.

My message for you is never surrender and fight for as long as you can, because a cure for this disease may be just around the corner.

Love your family, friends and life with everything you’ve got. We’re women; we’re strong – and life is great.

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