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Healing Tracy Jacobson

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Raised by 186 people in 9 months
UPDATE From Tracy:

In lieu of the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I want thank all of you from the bottom of my heart, for your support helping me along on this unexpected journey. All of the funds made it possible for me to stay healthy over the past 8 months through my chemotherapy and immunity therapy treatments. My body was able to rest when needed. I started off the year at a wapping 113 Ibs (which my norm is usually 137Ibs) I am happy to say that I am back up to 144 Ibs and counting! (a little extra for the upcoming treatments;).

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The tumor in my rectum shrunk in half during the first couple months. I felt the most benefits during my first couple weeks of hyperthermia treatments. The pain went away, the tumor stopped bleeding, my sleepless nights ended, and I stopped shadoobieing in my pants!  **See Hyperthermia information below.

So as you can see there are a lot of benefits to this treatment. There are only 2 beds in Alberta. The one I use is at my naturopath ‘Pyatt Health Clinic’ in the Chinook Mall professional building Calgary, AB.

Getting diagnosed with cancer is overwhelming; emotions, processing, accepting your life path will not be what you expected, and loads of information coming your way. Deciding on protocols to best support your immune system through the chemo treatments so it doesn’t kill you, is not easy. The moment I walked into Dr. Matt Pyatt’s office, I will never forget the first words out of his mouth ‘I will be your quarterback’… I was soooo relieved!

Dr. Matt’s main focus is oncology. Supporting us through our treatments to keep the toxic levels down without interrupting the chemo action and boosting our bodies up to help heal.

I’ve only had a couple of weeks where I wasn’t able to receive my Vitamin C IV and mistletoe infusions and I noticed a HUGE difference!! My energy dropped and chemo side effects increase. Proof is in the IV pudding;)

I can’t imagine going through this cancer journey without this immunity support, and there are a lot of people who either don’t know about it or can’t afford it. Going through an illness does not come cheap, even in a country with free health care. I have used all of my funds in my treatments and living expenses. So grateful as this would not have been possible without the support from all of you. Who knows where I would be in my healing without this.

To give you an idea ( I wish for someday these treatments to be included in our healthcare system for all to benefit from). On average the hyperthermia with IV runs around $1000 / per week. IVs alone are about $500 per week.

In addition to the naturopath treatments, there is eating organic (healthy), gas driving to many appointments with surgeons, oncologists, blood work follow ups, parking, living expenses. Some weeks I am good to plug away a little at my creative craft to feed my soul and business (which my doctors are baffled by;), other weeks I am so tired from the chemo I need to rest. Not being able to plan my future as the initial schedule was: 3 chemo rounds, scan, surgery to remove colorectal tumor, surgery on thyroid, recovery, 3 more rounds of chemo, reconstruction surgery on rectum and recovery. THIS OUT THE WINDOW:)

I have just finished round 10 (yes TEN) of chemo. I am currently on a little chemo vacation for a couple of weeks, YA!!…before I embark on a new journey; 5 weeks of radiation while on chemo for the full 5 weeks, hyperthermia to help the radiation work better BUT I have to stop my Vitamin C IVs during the treatments as it will interfere with it. So my immune system will be compromised (during prime cold and flu season).

I did a liver MRI last week which I am waiting for the results on. They are concerned with two nodules on my liver which showed on a scan, they want to rule out my tumor spreading before surgery. If it is, they will do a two in one surgery beginning of next year.

So there you have it. For now I will be prepping for 5 weeks of radiation, chemo, hyperthermia treatments, and rest in hopes of shrinking this alien bum baby down to be able to remove it beginning of 2019. Thyroid surgery planed next spring.

I am closing this beautiful platform and beginning a new one in light of the new chapter as I move forward on my journey. Along with me, I will be including a few other younger cancer warriors and donating some of the proceeds to them as well.

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[photo] Lennon Poole 2-year-old on her journey with leukemia.


When I am healed and able to work again, I would like to continue that platform to help out as many people on the cancer journey as possible;)  ~THANK YOU~ xxoo love and hugs to all of you.


You can follow my progress through:

Instagram: TJacPerspective

Blog: https://tjacperspective.com

**NEW GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/zfmhyr-cancer-warriors

**Hyperthermia treatment uses heat to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumours. Heat can harm or kill cancer cells by damaging proteins and structures within the cells. Heat also damages blood vessels inside of tumours and causes less blood flow to the tumour, which can help slow its growth. The temperature of the heat used in hyperthermia treatment is carefully controlled to limit damage to normal cells and tissues. Researchers have also found that heat can trigger an immune response that may help fight cancer.

Hyperthermia treatment is also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy.

Hyperthermia is under study in clinical trials (research studies with people) and is not widely available. Hyperthermia is sometimes given with other types of cancer treatment such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy, including embolization techniques that block off a blood vessel to directly deliver these treatments to specific areas of the body.

The damage to cells during hyperthermia can make them more sensitive to the effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy so these treatments work better.

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/cancer-research/hyperthermia-treatments/?region=on#ixzz5TAy3WrDN


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 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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I everyone, here is an update from Tracy:

Climbing Into The Death Zone~

Well, it was a fairly easy climb up to Camp 10. A few hard days, but overall considering, the weather has been in our favor and I am still climbing.

Eleven days ago, I entered the death zone* after 3 weeks of much needed rest lower down at base camp, it felt more like a mental break and of course a little healing time for the body. I was able to build up and heal the good cells.

Climbing in the death zone, finishing week 2 of 5, I feel my body is missing the O’s. Weaker, nausea off and on, cramping, and oh soooo tired. That is to be expected when climbing at this altitude. I am not able to take my VitC support as they say it will interfere with the climbing success, so this has recently lead to sniffles and a cold. Again, to be expected when the body is run down. The sun's radiation hasn’t created many side effects yet, though it does make for frequent bathroom breaks. I join the others outside of our tents in the cool, crisp, thin air and try to avoid joining the poopie pants club…one does not want to unload in their climbing suit. Also, I won’t be putting sunblock up my butt to prevent the burn later;) So here's hoping for more shade up there!

At this point, it's vital to stay hydrated, well nourished and rested when I’m not climbing on acclimatization days. I know the days ahead will be more challenging as the air gets thinner and the route gets steeper, so I still take on this climb one-step at a time. THANK YOU MY SHERPA SUPPORT TEAM! LOVE YOU xxoo

*When you continue climbing over 25,000ft/7,600 meters above sea level, this is called the death zone. No human / life can survive at this altitude for long due to the lack of oxygen. When you have oxygen deprivation you are vulnerable to altitude sickness, and it wears your body down. Essentially your body is beginning to die just being there.
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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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