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…