"If someone had told me two years ago I would have had the attitude I do, I wouldn't have believed it," she said. "You don't know how strong you're going to be or how strong you have to be," she said.
"I don't feel like an amazing person," Tracy said. "I just fee like I'm doing what I have to do, not only for my kids but for my well-being. I was told at the beginning, you have to be strong, because if not, you're not going to make it. It's just another bump in the road, so let's add some humor to it."
Her husband has been her rock.
"There's a reason the Lord gave me Scott, there really is. He's been wonderful. He's been my shoulder, and it's nice to have that type of support," Tracy said.
She's been very upfront with her 5-year-old, the sensitive Garrett, who's worried his mommy is in pain. She and Scott have had to explain repeatedly she's not. She even let him pull out some her hair once that started.
Financially her family is struggling. Scott is just starting an insurance business and the bills are mounting, and mounting, and mounting. Tracy says they'll probably have to file bankruptcy once her treatment is finally finished. Anyone who wants to help the family can donate at http://www.gofundme.com/4kmv6c.
As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Tracy stresses that early detection is key. Just because you have a clean mammogram, she says, if something is off, go have it looked at.
"How many people are walking around thinking they have a clean mammogram and they don't? In a year or two who knows where I could have been," she said.
Hopefully, we won't have to find out.
I admire Tracy for her bravado, for her strength, for her humor. If ever something happened to me, which I pray daily doesn't, I hope I can have half the strength she has. Even so, she makes me want to be a better person, a better mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, whatever. Thank you, Tracy.