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Healing Tracy Jacobson

$29,665 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 177 people in 7 months
My sister has cancer. I never imagined I would say those words, let alone be creating this fundraiser for her—but here we are.


Tracy has been living an adventurous and healthy lifestyle in the heart of the rocky mountains in Canmore, Alberta as a rock and ice climber, traveling the world, and creatively working a full-time career in the film/TV industry as an independent producer and director. Her passion projects have been focused on documentary’s about human stories which have inspired her. Of which, two already shot feature documentaries are waiting in the queue for editing once she is back on her feet and ready to roll.


Tracy had been experiencing digestive issues for over a year, then over the last 4 months she experienced rapid weight loss and anemia, but because of the stats; her age and no family history, she was not on the radar for cancer screening. Well intended professionals misdiagnosed her with spleen deficiency, internal hemorrhoids and IBS. Given the amount of time that has past, the cancer grew and in January 2018 bleeding from the tumor prompted an emergency visit to the Canmore hospital. Transferred to the city and many tests later, Tracy was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer—life as we knew it was completely changed.


A run of proper tests; colonoscopy, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scan confirmed the large mass in her rectum, in addition to two spots in her lungs. One final PET scan is booked to get the final results from her oncologist as to chemo protocol and when it will start. Their goal is to shrink the primary tumor enough in three months of chemo to surgically remove the rectal mass, also hopes that the chemo will eliminate the lung spots as they are not in an operable position. It is ultimately up to Tracy and the team of professionals to help her heal, though as her support team, I feel it is also important to use all the knowledge and resources we have to help her on this journey and path to recovery. Inevitably, this comes at a cost.  At times, the sense of helplessness I feel is overwhelming, so I have found something I can do to help my sister, creating this fundraiser and reaching out to all of you.


My hope is that this fundraiser will help cover the costs for Tracy’s urgently needed alternative treatments (to help boost up her already compromised body in preparation for chemo), in addition to general expenses so that she can put her focus on her health and well being.


Donations will go towards her Vitamins C IV’s, acupuncture, nutrition,  hyperthermic treatments, organic food, supplements, and monthly living expenses since she is not able to work at this time. Tracy and I have discussed the logistics of the campagain and she has agreed that I will be accepting the donations on her behalf. This will allow her to focus solely on getting well and not worry about any financial stressors.

I love my sister immensely. It’s hard to see her in pain, although she never complains and is staying very positive. I want to spend many many more years with her reminiscing about our childhood, celebrating life together and continuing to enjoy seeing her as an amazing auntie to my kids. Please feel free to share this campaign as well. Any amount donated will be greatly appreciated to help our family and Tracy on this road to wellness.

Light and love to all,
Lisa
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Hi Everyone, Tracy recently had an MRI and CT Scan with good results. She is preparing to receive a surgery date very soon. Here is an update from Tracy:

Update from Camp 9: Met with my guides yesterday, reviewing the photos taken last week of the climbing route ahead, not much has changed. I was hoping for a little more snowmelt and shrinkage, but I will take ‘stability’ over more hazards. The plan is to start up for another camp, yes camp 10. I will meet with my expedition leader on Monday to determine if we can go for the summit bid in a month or have to do more acclimatization and put up more fixed lines.
Yes, I observed my body with the news and was slightly disappointed. I thought my dance lesson (yes @camp;) after my meeting would move that through. I was not on my game and I felt blockage in my heart…My instructor & dear friend Unico Kizoukiero was so wonderful and after an hour BZouk, we jumped into Kizumba. A perfect dance style for going deep within. I was messing up my feet so he told me to close my eyes and ‘surrender’. Exactly what I needed. It worked like a charm!
It was my resistance to what is' that was blocking me. We only suffer when we expect life to be a certain way and don’t accept it for what it is. Life is always right because it’s what’s happening.
*The three big lessons I am practicing on this journey;
- Acceptance - Patience - Surrender (you can control only what you have control over).
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Hi Everyone, Tracy received positive results from the MRI and CT Scan she had last week. She's close now to having a surgery date. Here is an update from her:

Update from Camp 9: Met with my guides yesterday, reviewing the photos taken last week of the climbing route ahead, not much has changed. I was hoping for a little more snowmelt and shrinkage, but I will take ‘stability’ over more hazards. The plan is to start up for another camp, yes camp 10. I will meet with my expedition leader on Monday to determine if we can go for the summit bid in a month or have to do more acclimatization and put up more fixed lines.
Yes, I observed my body with the news and was slightly disappointed. I thought my dance lesson (yes @camp;) after my meeting would move that through. I was not on my game and I felt blockage in my heart…My instructor & dear friend Unico Kizoukiero was so wonderful and after an hour BZouk, we jumped into Kizumba. A perfect dance style for going deep within. I was messing up my feet so he told me to close my eyes and ‘surrender’. Exactly what I needed. It worked like a charm!
It was my resistance to what is' that was blocking me. We only suffer when we expect life to be a certain way and don’t accept it for what it is. Life is always right because it’s what’s happening.
*The three big lessons I am practicing on this journey;
- Acceptance - Patience - Surrender (you can control only what you have control over).
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Hi Everyone, Tracy received her results from last week's MRI and CT Scan. She is preparing for surgery now. Here is an update from her:

Update from Camp 9: Met with my guides yesterday, reviewing the photos taken last week of the climbing route ahead, not much has changed. I was hoping for a little more snowmelt and shrinkage, but I will take ‘stability’ over more hazards. The plan is to start up for another camp, yes camp 10. I will meet with my expedition leader on Monday to determine if we can go for the summit bid in a month or have to do more acclimatization and put up more fixed lines.
Yes, I observed my body with the news and was slightly disappointed. I thought my dance lesson (yes @camp;) after my meeting would move that through. I was not on my game and I felt blockage in my heart…My instructor & dear friend Unico Kizoukiero was so wonderful and after an hour BZouk, we jumped into Kizumba. A perfect dance style for going deep within. I was messing up my feet so he told me to close my eyes and ‘surrender’. Exactly what I needed. It worked like a charm!
It was my resistance to what is' that was blocking me. We only suffer when we expect life to be a certain way and don’t accept it for what it is. Life is always right because it’s what’s happening.
*The three big lessons I am practicing on this journey;
- Acceptance - Patience - Surrender (you can control only what you have control over).
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Hi Everyone,
I'm sending you an update from Tracy. She is doing so well and looking so much healthier. As I read her update though, I am also reminded that she still has a long road ahead of her. The fundraiser is still open for anyone who would like to continue to help out. With surgery around the corner any donations would be super helpful!! Thanks to all xoxoxo

From Tracy:
"The German waterbed that’s saving my life~

Pretty amazing, the first week in April when I started the hyperthermia treatments (Hyper/warm not Hypo/cold;) at the Pyatt Health Clinic in YYC, everything changed in my body. Bleeding of tumor stopped, pain went away, bowel movements got better, and sleep, oh the full nights sleep happened. Life changing!

How it works: I take my chemo pills 14 days on and 7 days off~ finishing up cycle 7 this week! With my ‘on’ chemo weeks I do the Hyperthermia treatments. Take my pills an hour before, Tara sets up my pillow regime for comfort, then a round disc is placed over the tumor area. Phones turned off and metal objects removed from the body as radio type waves move into that area attracting energy in the body to create a fever like temp which kills off the tumor cells and leaves the healthy cells alone. It also helps the chemo work better, targeting that area. While I lie there for the hour treatment, relaxed, I received my weekly dose of vitamin c and mistletoe kisses through IV.

I can’t imagine not doing this treatment, as the proof is in the scan pudding and the tumor is shrinking. In addition to my IV’s which I get 2x per week, even on break weeks to help keep my immune system strong. I skipped last weeks IVs and noticed a huge difference in my energy and more chemo symptoms. Won’t do that again!

The challenge with these treatments is the fact they are not standard cancer care and expensive. So that means a lot of people are not able to receive the alternative care they need to support the healing process. The key to surviving cancer is to keep the toxic levels down and immunity up.
Each IV dose is approx $200 plus, approx $400/week and hyper with IV runs about $495 per treatment, equalling $1000/week. Worth the investment in my life no doubt. One needs to be optimistic and clever with the budgeting and funds. My wish is that one day it becomes standard care or to have a subsidized program for cancer fighters.

So thank you to my supporters who have been helping me along the way~I’ve still got a couple months of treatments, chemo, and training the body for surgery aimed for end of Sept/October time. Then they are planning 3 more rounds of chemo after surgery to make sure all is out. I will continue my IVs then too, helping to support the body. Taking it one step at a time, though so excited to get back to work when healed…the first documentary is finished and airing this weekend! Against my docs orders not to work, I was determined to finish it and share it with the world. Now I rest and I will dabble in some light and fun writing to feed the creative soul~ hugs xox"
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