Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3 Days. 60 Miles ...

I wanted to share something with the people who have been following my journey on my blog Beneath The Petals.. Today I took a leap of faith and signed up for the 2014 Atlanta 3-day!!  Yes, I will be doing 60 miles in three days!!  I'm doing this for so many reasons.  As a one and a half year survivor I know first hand the importance of early detection and the need for more resources to help in our community.  The reason I am still here is because of early detection.  My mom is a three time survivor and I walk for her because she can't.  I walk for so many lives that have been lost.  My friend Tanisha lost her battle this year at 36 years old and leaves behind 2 young children and a husband.  We had the same kind of diagnosis...  My friend Tara lost her mom last year, ending her life way too soon.   More African American women are losing their lives from lack of early detections and late stage diagnosis.  You or someone you know has been affected by this disease I like to call the 'Monster'.  I ask for your support because you care and you want to help make a change.  My goal is to raise $2300.   Click the picture below to help me reach my goal.  Any amount will help.  Your name and amount will be posted as a donation for the cause.  I thank you in advance!   -Tracy

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Please support me by passing this along to friends and co-workers to would like to donate to an amazing journey in the fight to end breast cancer! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds help support research, scientific programs and community-based breast health and education programs for women and men facing breast cancer.

Monday, June 23, 2014

What Inspires You?

I was asked by Ford Motors "What Inspires Me?"  This is the answer I sent them:

I'm inspired by my children.  Their unconditional love and pure spirits are a daily reminder of the miracles we can create...  I'm inspired by nature.  When I see the sun set and the beautiful rays of sun slowly disappear telling us another day will soon come and I ask myself 'What will I do to make the most of it?'...  I'm inspired by people who give without expectation and help others just because they can...  I'm inspired by people unafraid to follow their dreams and people who beat the odds.  It's exciting to see someone achieve something they work so hard towards even when others did not believe in them... I'm inspired by love.  It only exists by faith.  It's a misunderstood emotion we have no control over but a true gift from God.


What Inspires you?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What does FORD have to do with it?

The journey continues with Ford Motor Company... they have been in the fight for 20 years!

Thank you Ford for choosing me to be one of the 2014 Ford Models of Courage!  I am truly honored to be among a group of amazing people and we are all connected by a common thread... We are survivors who have joined the fight in working towards a world without Breast Cancer.  2014 marks the twentieth year that Ford Motor Company has been in the fight against breast cancer.  They have dedicated over $125,000,000 to the cause.  Please visit the site http://www.warriorsinpink.ford.com/models-of-courage to read more about these inspiring people.  You have an opportunity to join the fight simply by supporting warriors in pink apparel. 100% of the net proceeds supports 4 breast cancer charities.  You choose the charity at checkout.  Please help us bring awareness and support the fight! I am proud to stand with these men and women as a warrior, as a model of courage!

We were all brought together with one life changing experience.  
We laughed.. we cried.. we became friends...

  


http://www.warriorsinpink.ford.com/models-of-courage



WHO KNEW THE JOURNEY WOULD BRING ME HERE?


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's Been One Year!!





Today is my One Year Anniversary!

“Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid.
  Having courage and showing courage mean we face our fears.
  We are able to say, “I have fallen but I will get up.’            -Maya Angelou


This will probably be my shortest post because it is not easy write how I’m feeling today.  I reflect on the last year of my life and it feels like so long ago.  Everything happened so fast it all seems surreal.  It makes me think of a quote that would not leave my mind throughout the process, “You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”  For the first time in my life I realized how strong I am.  I have been a little emotional the past week realizing it has been a year.  Every time I look up it seems like I am reading some not so great news and I am reminded of how thankful I am to be here, to have my health, for my wonderful friends and my family!

To my All is Well Crew and my list of angels!  I love you!!  I will forever be grateful for you holding my hand through the storm.  We are certainly on the other side of it.  Today, I ask everyone that reads this post to take a moment to sit in all the things you have to be thankful for and all the people you are grateful for because you are still here.   

I thank God for being here for these two little girls that I love more than life itself…



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Oh What A Year Can Bring

“I want to feel my life while I’m in it.” ~Meryl Streep

This time last year, I was dealing with life changing news that changed the course of my life. I learned so much about friendship and family. I chose to look at the good that came out of the bad. My friends and I grew closer. I gained more patience. The quality time with my daughters is priceless. When stuck in the house and nothing but walls around you, you are forced to be in the moment and sit in your thoughts. For me, my thoughts brought out more creative ideas and things I want to accomplish while I’m still here.

I ask the question: “Are you really living? Or are you merely existing?” To live is to step outside of your comfort zone. To live is to follow a dream or take a chance at something in which you believe. When I read that quote above by Meryl Streep, it made me want to live more…

Life can be scary, and things will happen for which we just can’t plan. I’m always reminded that there is always someone experiencing something much worse than whatever it is that I may be going through. Have you ever called someone and all they did was go down the list of bad things that is going on in their life? I call this the ‘black cloud.’ I try to stay away from the black cloud. Sometimes that can be a habit that is hard for someone to break. Some people don’t even realize they do it. It is true that a lot of people are more interested in bad news than they are good news. I hear people say all the time, “You can’t share everything with everybody.” I will never understand that one.

I’m at a point in my life where I realize I have no complaints. It’s the little blessings in my life that make a smile creep across my face. I watch my children sleep and thank God for blessing me with them. I wake up to another day each morning with the ability to do whatever it is that I choose to do. I’m healthier than I have ever been in my life, and I am surrounded by positive people who truly love me. I am also realizing my dreams. I am truly living…

Last week I had a private celebration in my home. I was celebrating life! It was a year to the date of my diagnosis, and I was in the midst of launching my own clothing line. “Oh what a year can bring!” was all I could say. It took me going through this life changing experience to get the courage to just do it. This is something I have been working on for years. I wanted to do it when it felt right. Well, it was time, and the response has been phenomenal. This is only the beginning…

Here’s to a new year, new beginnings, and living life to the fullest…

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Wish for Awareness the Entire Year...

Thursday was the last day of breast cancer awareness month. Throughout October, I was blessed to be a part of some great events and participate in media that focused on raising the awareness of breast cancer.

Ask Miss A article on Dr. Jackie Walters' 50 Shades of Pink Foundation Luncheon:
http://askmissa.com/2013/10/25/recap-50-shades-pink-luncheon-dr-jackie-walters/

Interview with one of my closest friends Rashan Ali and the 94.5 Streetz Morning Show:

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It's my hope that this heightened awareness can continue on throughout the entire year because breast cancer education is essential. Early detection is key. It's my hope that women can be informed and be cognizant of their health. A breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, and if it’s detected early it’s treatable.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Telling My Story...

On October 13, 2013, I spoke to an audience about my story. The audience was a room filled with women--mostly breast cancer survivors and those with breast cancer--at this year's annual 50 Shades of Pink Luncheon. I was moved by the beautiful spirits that lit up the room. It's both fascinating and incredible how I find myself growing stronger every time I step outside of my comfort zone. 


I have to thank Dr. Jackie Walters for inviting me to be a part of this amazing event. When she asked me to speak, I told her I would let her know. (I was really scared as hell to get up and tell my story). I sucked it up and stopped thinking about my fear. Instead, I chose to focus on the positive. I started thinking about how my experience could touch the lives of others. I thought, "If my story helps inspire one person in this room, then I am serving my purpose." That thought threw fear out of the window as I settled in at the mic. Here are some pictures from that fantastic event.

   




This year has been a roller coaster ride that I've never been on and have no clue of what's coming next. When someone told me 2013 was my year, they weren't kidding. 


October is breast cancer awareness month, and the world is talking about something my life has been affected by the last 10 years. My mom is a three-time survivor (yes, she beat cancer's ass three times!). I feel truly blessed to be able to say I am a nine-month survivor and am healthier than I've ever been in my life today! It's important that we understand that early detection is key, and breast cancer is not a death sentence. As my survivor sister Jaquitta Williams would say, "I'm still here!"