Healing Tracy Jacobson

$29,215 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 172 people in 4 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,
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Hi everyone, Here is the latest update from Tracy!

"Camp V Complete! ~ Rest Week….
Its been an adventure up to Camp V. Put on weight; I’m actually 5 Ibs away from my normal, found out today the thyroid - ultrasound is stable (no growth), still at 1 out of 10 for pain and blood lab is close to normal (good news all around). Feeling more fatigue from the altitude, but that is to be expected with the anemia and cape combo. July 4th is the appt with surgeon…guide man to come up with a plan. I prefer to solo climb, get to the summit and not need the surg support. All I can do is do what I’m doing and enjoy the journey one-step-at-a-time. Thank you for the continued love and support my fellow climbers and Sherpas. Get out and enjoy that green therapy!! Hugs xxoo"
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Hi Everyone. Tracy received the best new possible today from the CT scan she had last week. Here's her update:

This alien bum baby is going down!!! Good news!! Only CT scan results today (MRI results come in Thursday), so CT shows significant shrinkage on the rectal tumor! Thanks to my naturopathic treatments along-side of the chemo and my amazing support team..Wowza!! Plan is too meet up with surgeon and talk about surgery in a couple of months...BUT if all keeps going in this direction, I plan on obliterating this thing and not need the surgery~*Also put on another kg so almost back up to my prime and hemoglobin is up to 114!
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Hi Everyone,
I hope this beautiful day finds you well. I have an update from Tracy. She's doing so well!
I know not all of you know Tracy, so just to paint the picture-she is a writer, traveller and climber and using a climb up Mt Everest as metaphor for her recovery journey.
Here is what Tracy has to say:
On route to Camp IV ~ My how time flies when you’re having fun!
So far so good. The high altitude has played only minimal side effects. If there is a need for a crying scene, I’m your girl, just place a fan in front of my face and I can shed tears on every take. Not sad just constant watery nose and eyes with this cape dose.
Blood levels are good…somewhat norm besides the continuous anemia. Building an iron reserve is a challenge all on its own, but with a little help from Dr. Matt (Naturopathic doc) we are feeding the reds in hopes of multiplying.
I am learning how to be’ and not feel the need to do’. It’s easy to live in the moment without stress when your life depends on it. Walking the trail today, a man had his face buried in his phone as he walked by the flowing river and snowy mtn tops. Why would you want to miss even a second of it?
The daily walks and hikes in mtn paradise … oh so beautiful and invigorating. Green therapy is where it's at ~ songs from birds calling for a mate, the unfolding flowers and leaves, bugs and bees, the fresh berryless droppings from the snuggle muffin bears ~ I hope you all are getting a piece of it too!
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Hi everyone! Here is an update from Tracy.

Oncology Update: I went for a follow-up visit at the foothills today~ blood levels are good! They are adding a couple more rounds of chemo then CT scan, a few more rounds, another CT, then surgery sometime late in summer. That's why one step at a time is important as to not be put back with route changes and push on the summit date;) Oh and put on 2 kg in the past 2 weeks! ~ thank you all for your support. I am doing well mostly due to my alternative treatments supporting my immunity and body through this. xo
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