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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It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog and I came to realize it was because it’s hard to think about how sick I was when I’m feeling so good now.
I’m back and work and loving it, and I’ve found that the low-level sickness I felt disappeared when I returned to my job at AP. Now I focus on my stories instead of cancer. It’s amazing how good a person can feel when one doesn’t sit around thinking about being sick all day.
Which leads me to why I feel good.
I saw Dr. Carlson last week for my regular 9-week checkup. I always have a list of questions for him and one of them is the question so many of you ask: “When will you be in remission?
I always answer “I don’t know.” I’m still in treatment, after all, because I get the chemical antibody Herceptin infused every three weeks. I always figured it would be sometime after that.
So I asked Dr. Carlson: “My friends want to know when I’ll be in remission.”
“You’re in remission,” he quickly responded.
“What?!! Why didn’t you tell me?”
But he had, in his own way, he said. He told me I’m fine. He told me he thinks I’m cancer free.
But I kept listening for the word that everyone knows. As if he was going to make some sort of pronouncement.
Remission is a word for all of those things: cancer free, fine, healthy, etc.
And that’s what I’m in now.
I’ve never felt better in my life. I appreciate my good health and I constantly work at making it better.
I’m in remission. And there I plan to stay!

12 Responses to “REMISSION!”

  • alejandro:

    hear. hear!!! I always knew it anyhow :-)

  • Rebecca:

    This is the best news! I am so happy for you, Tracie. I know that our mutual friend, Fawn, has told you about my situation, and I am very grateful for your kind words. You are an inspiration to me and always in my prayers!

  • Ma Frizz:

    This is SUCH good news, Tracie. The Good Lord has answere everyone’s prayers they have been sending your way. Keep up the good work. We miss you bunches.

    Dave & Linda

  • Lee Q:

    Like all of your friends and readers, I’ve been missing and shall continue to miss your “Tracie Fights Back” postings. But it’s so good to know that now you can, in the lingo of old-time newspaper reporters, finally put -30- at the end of your blog and at the end of your disease. I’ll be combing the pages of the two newspapers I read daily — the LA Times and the OC Register — for your byline on stories blowing the lid off of seamy, sordid situations up there in Raisin City. Congratulations and love, Lee

  • Elaine Hoover:

    Happy news all around, Tracie!!!! It is so wonderful to hear that you are feeling great and happy to be back at work. Will keep the prayers going for Tracie’s Healthy Body! You are amazing!

  • Vanessa Martin:

    Tracie: Great news! Congrats and keep fighting the good fight. I wish you all the best!

    Vanessa Martin

  • Joanne:

    Tracie! Excellent news!! I hope this posting finds you in continued good health. I am also enjoying a cancer free status, but of course a repeat performance is always in the back of my mind. It would be great to have a small reunion over coffee sometime on a weekend or evening. Let me know! <3 Joanne

  • arlene:

    cheers and best wishes for happy holidays!

  • Irene:

    You are a heroine :)

  • Dave Lindsey:

    Tracie, I can not believe what you have had to go through and I am so happy to hear that you’re doing well. It’s been a lot of years but I still think about you and how much you helped me in the most critical time of my life. I will keep you in my prayers that your health remains well.

  • Diane:

    Tracie good luck with your remission and thank you for sharing. Was diagnosed July 6th, 2012 and a few of the doctors you call out in your blog are on my Team.

  • You’re going stay in the lovely land of Remissaea for a very long time. No discussions. This is just so. : )

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