Tracie Cone has always been a trailblazer. This award-winning journalist is the former California Newspaper Executive of the Year. She shares a Pulitzer Prize with fellow staff members at the Miami Herald for coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew and has twice been nominated individually. She has focused her writing on helping the underdog and empowering those without a strong voice of their own. Now she takes us on the fight of her life.
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An update on my setback

Kim managed to get this as I was loaded up. She followed in the car while Michelle fretted.

After 9 hours in the ER, I returned home today feeling slightly stronger and in a lot less pain. I had been suffering horribly after five straight days on my new “trial” drug and finally gave out. I passed out in the kitchen trying to get something cold to drink (chemo burns up your insides; cold is good).

I even got up slowly, knowing sudden moves can make me light headed. About one minute in I lost consciousness. Luckily my friend Kim heard me get up and was quickly at my side.

We called Stanford and they advised us my condition was “serious” and that I should go the ER. Michelle called the ambulance, setting off the neighborhood phone tree.

I got great care at St. Agnes, and a private room in the ER so that the others in there sick would not expose me to anything else. I was diagnosed with another infection, which is a risk as chemo kills my white blood cells. They drew lots of blood, took a chest xray to see if something’s up with my heart, gave me morphine (relieving my excruciating pain for the first time in five days), and IV antibiotics after consulting with my oncologist at Stanford. Dehydration is becoming impossible to avoid. The ER doctor said that the vast number of cells dying from the chemo and absorbing moisture in my body makes it almost impossible to keep the body hydrated.

So tomorrow Kim (who came from Florida to help out) will schlep me to Stanford so that Dr. Carlson can try to figure out what’s going on.

2 Responses to “An update on my setback”

  • MiriamReed:

    Hi Tracie,
    I’m a friend of Fawn Germer and I am amazed at your courage and strength. I know you will find new power in all of the cells of your body to cast out the cancer. You have the mental strength to accomplish the physical changes. I am praying too, and I know the angels are on your side and at your side. Keep up the day to day peace, and remember we all love you!
    Miriam Reed

  • Tom:

    Hi Tracie,

    It’s your colleague in the SF bureau. I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am your chemo treatment is so nasty. I am so glad they gave you something to relieve the pain. Hopefully the docs at Stanford can get you on an easier track. My heart & thoughts are with you and am hoping for better days ahead.

    Much love & support,

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