Hello all, my name is Tracy. I wanted to share my story with you so you can see that, although it is not always easy to fight, we can fight back together.
I was diagnosed first with diabetes at age 7. I have had diabetes for 32 years now. I went through those teenage years trying to be like everyone else and making myself sick in the process and ultimately ended up taking six 6 injections per day until I got on the insulin pump (I love it!). I have also had six 6 different eye surgeries for retinopathy, which is caused by the diabetes. Part of my left eye is artificial but I can still see in both eyes.
Ten years ago, after extreme swelling and joint pain, I found out that I also have chronic kidney disease. Yes, you might think that I would get down and give up by now, but I believe that there is a reason for everything.
I have now, as of April 2012, been diagnosed with breast cancer. I found out after a lump came up in my armpit. I kept saying that I would get it checked out but then my arm and fingers started going numb and tingling. It was breast cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes and the tumor under my arm was pressing on a nerve. I was shocked at first but at the end of the day, I am a strong person and I will not give up. It’s just not in me! I would rather fight! I have been undergoing chemo and the tumors are at least half the size that they were. I will be having surgery in the next couple of months but I am sure I will be fine. We are all unique and we can all do one thing together and that’s FIGHT. NEVER give up or give in!
I would like to mention my best friend who helps me everyday to fight. Her name is Mandy and she lifts my spirits and reminds me that I am not alone. Please be a friend or make a friend that you can share everything with, it will really help. Best of luck to all.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.