Cancer is a time sucker, BUT…

Just 9 short days ago, I was diagnosed with the “C” word. And, suddenly, my focus has flipped from my normal chaotic and busy life to my new “Breast Cancer Survival” chaotic and busy life.

I’ve had…

  • three mammograms
  • one ultrasound of the breast
  • a biopsy
  • three phone conversations various doctors
  • countless Google searches from [Invasive Ductal Carcinoma] to [wigs with human hair]
  • extensive research on various medical facilities and staff near me
  • several back and forth text conversations with friends and family
  • one field trip to three different facilities to track down all of my records
  • one surgeon appointment
  • lots of prayer and looking up and meditating on scripture
  • three full days of roller coaster emotions complete with tears one minute and laughs the next
  • feelings of hope and despair
  • peace and angst
  • anger and compassion
  • nine needle sticks
  • followed by two bruised and sore arms
  • a genetic test sent off to the lab
  • one second opinion surgeon appointment scheduled
  • and waiting as I type this for the radiology department to call me back to schedule my MRI.

Cancer is a time sucker!

But, the good news (and there’s always good news) is I’ve been able to tell my story at my events and here on my blog and via social media beating the mammo drum screaming at women to have their annual mammogram!

I did an event last Sunday. It was a bridal shower and there were just over 70 women there of all ages from 20 something and up. I had all of the women in the room who were over 40 and had breasts STAND.

Then I told them to sit down if they’d had a mammo in the last year. About 8 or so women remained standing with one women bobbing up and down not sure if she’d had one or not. I told her she was in the “standing” group.

I then asked the loved ones of those standing to kindly be the kick in the pants these ladies needed to get to the doctor for their screening. Several of them came up to me afterward to let me know they are going to call asap.

They better!

Then yesterday, I performed comedy at a luncheon with 170+ women where the average age was 70. This group loved my comedy and they were a wonderful audience. With this age group, I was able to include more screening advice as colonoscopy is also an essential annual test for those over 50 Click here for the American Cancer Society’s guidelines.

And I have a show tomorrow night at St. Peter’s Church in Frankfort, IL where I will definitely be doing the same….scolding women who are over 40 to get their mammo! 

I love you! Please schedule our mammo and share this with others encouraging them to do the same. I am hopeful that my cancer story will be inspirational in that way to encourage early detection and also give hope that God is there every step of the way!!! I love your comments and words of kindness and love. xoxoxoxo




  1. Melissa Simonek on April 27, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I will keep you in my prayers as you win the fight!

    • tracydegraaf on April 28, 2016 at 2:48 am

      Thanks so much!!

    • tracydegraaf on May 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Melissa and thank you so much for your prayers! I soooooo appreciate them. Please continue to pray for all who are battling cancer of any kind. It can be so difficult. I feel like my case has been relatively easy compared to others. My heart is tender toward all who are in the cancer boat. xoxo

  2. Peg Tiede on April 28, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I will keep you in my prayers Tracy,. In 2014 I was also diagnosed with Introductal carcinoma and it was found by having regular annual mammograms . It was called in situ which means it wasn’t invasive , thank you God! So I didn’t have to have any treatments but chose to have both breasts removed and also tried to have reconstructive surgery at the same time. After four surgeries in one year to try this I finally said enough and then still dealt with an infection for about 3 months after that with daily packing. So, get your dumb mammos women it can save your life….

    • tracydegraaf on April 28, 2016 at 2:48 am

      Hi Peg. Thank you for your encouragement for women to get their mammos! And I’m sorry that cancer is a thing. Sorry that anyone has to go through it but we don’t go alone. God bless you and continue to bring health and healing to your life. Xo

  3. Teresa Bantista Tiek on April 30, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I need to schedule my mammo. God bless you my friend! Hang in there and fight like our moms did. Take care. Prayers your way!

    • tracydegraaf on April 30, 2016 at 4:53 am

      Hi Teresa. Thank you for your prayers and kind words. Knowledge is power and mammo is ammo in fight against breast cancer. As I take each day one at a time I have to choose my attitude. And I’m finding I feel best when I’m encouraging others to get their mammograms. Please please do call your doctor and make the appointment ASAP. ❤️❤️❤️ Xoxo

    • tracydegraaf on May 18, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Teresa…I’m doing great and thanks for our prayers and kind words. My surgery is all done and I’m home recovering. Dr said I can’t vacuum for 10 days. Ha! I told Muffin he said 10 weeks! My favorite sound in the whole world is the sound of a distant vacuum. God bless you too Teresa and did you get that mammo scheduled? Hmmmmm?

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