Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Tribute to My Chemo Sensei

Let me tell you about one of the strongest people I've ever known, my Chemo Sensei, Tracey:

Tracey with her new husband, Nate
In February of this year, Josh's cousin Tracey was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.  They told her she had 18-24 months to live.  Tracey said "f- you" to cancer and her diagnosis.  She got married in May, just shortly after beginning chemo.  Tracey looked stunning at her wedding and danced the night away as if nothing had changed!

The thing I love most about Tracey, is that she is determined to beat this stupid cancer of hers.  They said she's terminal, she said "screw you!"  I fully believe she will beat this and will live a long and happy life with her handsome and sweet husband!

Since my own cancer diagnosis last month, Tracey has been a huge support for me.  I'm fortunate to have many people supporting me, but it's so nice to have someone who's been there and that I can relate my experience to.

Tracey checks in with me almost every day, just to make sure I'm doing ok and to see if she can help me out with anything.  She's become my "Chemo Sensei" :)  She gives advice when she can and always offers an empathetic ear.  I honestly don't know what I'd do without her.

So here's to my Chemo Sensei, Tracey.  Love ya cousin!



  1. Here are two of the most positive and strongest women I know. Not only are you two battling cancer, but you are there for each other. I am blessed to count you both as family.
    Love you,
    Mama P (Aunt Teri)

  2. Melissa,

    Amy Cook wrote about you in an email. I'm married to her nephew Rob and also had cancer. My good friend is also stage 4 colon cancer. She has found the Chris 4 Life organization to be very helpful.

    I will be thinking about you as you continue this fight and wish you well. Your positive attitude will make a big difference!

    Emily Page

    1. Thanks for the comment Emily! I appreciate your support!