Share Your Story: Tracy Sexton

Breast Cancer Story

I'm turning 40 this year. For most people this would be a source of chagrin but for me, I'm just happy that I'm still alive and I'm determined to enjoy every moment I have. In 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 36, the same age as my mom when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had my whole life ahead of me; a wonderful husband, a young daughter, a promising career and in one moment it came to a crashing halt with the words "you have cancer".

Ironically, I was in the final year of my speciality training to become an Oncologist and all of a sudden I found myself on the other side as the patient. I was facing over a year of treatment but with the support of my friends, family and collegues I made it through my surgery and chemotherapy with flying colors. I was even able to continue working and graduated with the rest of my class in June 2007. I started working as an Oncologist in July 2007 in London, Ontario and I now treat breast cancer patients with radiation. I feel blessed to do the work that I do and feel my experience has made me a much better physician. Now, I can truly say "I know how you feel".

This will be my third year participating in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers. It is such an uplifting and rewarding experience that I couldn't imagine not going. I've received tremendous support and now it's my turn to give back. I walk for all those who have survived, those who have lost the fight and for my daughter so that she never has to.

 

- Tracy Sexton, MD, PhD

 

 

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