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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Why me, why now?

Because I have triumphed over the many challenges life has thrown at me and come out better in the end.

Because I am strong and can handle this, too.

Because I have Michelle, my family, my doggies and many friends to lift my spirits, the key to success.

Because three years ago there wasn’t a drug to turn off the receptor that makes this rare strain of disease grow.

Because I have always wondered what I’d look like without hair.

Because I learned to be an advocate for one’s own health care while helping my mom and dad and knew not to settle for anything less than cutting-edge treatment.

Because my mom is a 48-year cancer survivor and I come from tough stock.

Because others who face this challenge will be heartened by the higher survival rate I will help to create.

Because one in eight women will face breast cancer, so if it wasn’t me it could have been you.

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