Some of you know some or all of this story; for some, this is the first time hearing. As you can imagine, with a circle as broad as Tracy has, it is hard to keep everyone informed. So here's what is happening.
On December 19, Tracy had a biopsy done for a spot on her chest that had been bothering her. On the 26th, she was notified that they were sending it for a second opinion (she later found out it was sent to the head of pathology at both Harvard and Brigham Young).
On January 9th, she finally got the diagnosis - malignant melanoma tumor. Hers is tumor-based, not on the epidermis. Pet scans and labs were completed on 13th. The pathologists suggested that the cancer was originating from somewhere other than the tumor.
On January 16th, we found out that the melanoma has spread to only one lymph node, but no organs. We are so grateful. As her precious husband says, "we're not out of the woods, but they're not as dense as we feared."
Today Tracy is calling top treatment facilities to determine where she'll have the surgery to remove the tumor and nymph nodes. Her oncologist would like her to have surgery within two to three weeks, since her tumor is rare and aggressive. Today will be spent locating the right surgical team (including doctors to do skin grafts and plastic surgery). More than likely, some form of treatment will be needed after surgery, depending what else is found. As Tracy says, "one step at a time." We are moving forward with urgency and purpose, always with hope and gratitude.
Again, one thing we all know about Tracy - she has so many friends and family who love her and want to be there for her on this journey, just as she's been with so many on theirs. So this site will be "up to the minute" with what is happening with Tracy.
Right now, she could most use your prayers and continued friendship (not so much a trip to Subway, as a medical clerk recommended for her to decompress after diagnosis). When we know the surgery dates and location, we will reevaluate the needs. Stay tuned for that, and thank you so much for all your love and support of my sister, Tracy Brown.