Tracy Jaisle – 2019 Race Ambassador
Her Story: Tracy worked as a mother of two and a full-time accountant. In 2013, she went on her normal run with a friend. She came to her house and discovered a lump in her right breast when showering. The lump could only be felt standing up, not when laying down, which was confusing to Tracy. After ignoring it for a day or two, she scheduled an appointment to put her mind at ease. Within the next six days, she had a mammogram, biopsy, and diagnosis. That diagnosis was triple negative, stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. Tracy’s life was flipped upside down. As a mother of a 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son, she knew she had to tell her family. She reminded her children that this wasn’t a death sentence, just a diagnosis.
After 5 months of chemotherapy, Tracy had a double mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery. This journey has reminded her to loosen the reins and has given her an entirely different outlook to cherish life’s little moments.
Takeaway Message: “Cancer doesn’t have to steal the joy in your life.”
Connection with Komen: Tracy served on the grant review panel for two years. She currently works with her employer to make donations to further the fight.