- age: 36
- year of diagnosis: 2013
- survivor years: 2 years
- current city: Portland, OR
- type of breast cancer: Invasive, stage 2A
- profession: Marketing Manager
- Right after Tracie left her job to start her own company, she turned 30 – and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her job change left her without insurance, which was an immediate stress point. Because she had run in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® for 10 years on her mother’s team, she knew that the Komen affiliate would be a good place to turn for help. “I saw firsthand how all those funds were used when it happened to me.”
- What is your idea of happiness?
- Happiness is when you are with the ones you love and everyone is in good health...and some cheesecake.
- What is your biggest fear?
- Not being able to have children because of what I went through.
- Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
- SpongeBob? Ha!
- Who are your heroes in real life?
- My mother is an 11-year survivor. Her strength gave me hope and helped me through my journey.
- What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
- Dignity - sometimes you have to just lie back and roll with the punches.
- What is your greatest regret?
- Not spending more time with my grandparents before they passed.
- What or who is the greatest love of your life?
- My fiance, Ryan! He is my best friend!
- How has having breast cancer changed your outlook on life?
- My experience opened doors for me, created more value in my life and really opened my eyes as to what is important in life. Live every minute and enjoy your life.
- What was your darkest hour?
- When the radiologist told me what she saw was most likely cancer.
- What was your brightest hour?
- When my fiance proposed to me at the Susan G. Komen race...still makes my eyes tear up to think about it!