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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Kim did not want her photo made, especially with the unflattering Mac Photo Booth

I read something in the paper today that went like this: Work won’t take care of you when you’re sick, so be sure to stay connected with friends and family.

On that note, I take this opportunity to give my biggest shout-out ever to my long-time friend Kimberly Fields. Kim and I have known each other since my Miami days. Since then she has studied hard, earned her PhD, and teaches students who fall through the cracks in Collier County (Naples).

Kim is one of those friends I don’t see often, but when we get together it’s as if no time has passed. Back in February, when my mom suffered a near-fatal heart attack in Stuart, Fla., Kim took a couple of days off to keep me and my sister sane.

Then when she learned of my diagnosis back in May, Kim quickly offered to come spend a couple of weeks. She picked August, knowing I’m in a marathon here and things might be getting more difficult further into the process. How right she was. The past week alone we’ve experienced the ER, then four days of hospitalization at Stanford for tests to see why I can’t stand upright without fainting. She arrived two weeks ago on my most recent chemo day, got to see me feel good for one day, then witnessed my long slide into this abyss.

The timing of her arrival was perfect. This is now officially too much for Michelle and I to handle alone. Kim is a dog-walking, water-fetching, protein-pushing, cleaning machine. She knows when my water glass is empty before I do. She makes me eat when I don’t feel like it (without her I would lie here and wait for Michelle to come home). She cut off her hair for Locks of Love and slept in a chair in the hospital. And she’s funny. As bad as I’ve felt these past two weeks, Michelle would not have been able to leave me for long enough to focus on her business. But I had Kim!

Kim was supposed to leave Monday. On Saturday she changed her ticket to stay an extra week, until her school obligations start. She couldn’t bear to leave me like this.

What did I do to deserve such a good friend, and indeed all of the friends who keep me uplifted (esp you SEH)? How does someone ever repay these and all of the other kindnesses that have been directed my way?

The only thing I can think of is to survive this, kick cancer out of my body and be there in case any of you ever need me.

So today stop working so hard. Call a friend and tell them you love them.

7 Responses to “Friends”

  • Francesca:

    Tracie….. I am available on weekends to come over and help out….
    I realize you have great help with Kim. When she leaves… let me know what I can do. I can put Jack to work outside with the dogs… and I can help you.

    Anything… let me know.

  • Elaine H.:

    Dr. Kimberly Fields in one very special lady and I’m so glad she is your friend. Your payback plan sounds like a great one to me.

  • maria:


    you are one lucky lady to have so many special friends!
    You hit it on the nose!!! I thank god that you have those friends that are there for you, just as I have my friends who have been there for me. Love you all!!!
    please kick this cancer’s ass!!! I know you can do it!

  • Maxine:

    yeah Kim! and yeah to good friends! xoxo

    Thinking about you Tracie & sending you strong vibes of love & good feeling. Hang in there! ~max

  • carol:


  • Kim Williams:

    I’m so glad Kim is there to help you and Michelle. I wish I lived closer, had more time, blah blah blah. It’s so nice to know someone can be there to help.

    On a really positive note, Prop 8’s been overturned – yeah!!!!!!!!

    Hang in there lovely lady, you’ve got much to look forward to.

  • sunnie:

    thank you Kim, so much for being there, and Tracie dear,, this is what friends love to do for each other… You were there for me when I needed it most and I will never forget that.. we do these things, because we love each other, and need each other… Much much love to you today…

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