Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Grandpa Rockin' the Dre Beats
with Alex - May 2012
Well here we are at post #31.  There have been 30 posts so far on my blog and we are at the point where I am just about to start chemo.  It really is quite a journey when you break it down into short pieces like this.  I decided for today to take a break from the story and write a little note about the music I have been including.

Every journey needs music.  A road trip is synonymous with music from 8 tracks to cassettes to CDs to iPod and Bluetooth.  I love music.  All kinds of music.  You may have noticed that the title of every post is actually a song title.  Searching for the right title is fun because I find myself listening to a wide variety of songs that I haven’t heard in ages or that I might be hearing for the first time.  There is something about a song that might remind you of a certain person, or a time in your life or a place you have visited.  Music is simply special.
Rising Stars - Fall 2010

It was my son Alex’s idea to use the song titles as a blog title and to add the video clips of that song at the end of each post.  He is very musical as well and has played piano, electric and acoustic guitar over the years.  I understand he is a pretty good dancer as well (must take after his Dad).

Anyway, I thought I would recap all of the titles here for you.  It makes for an interesting playlist!

Start Me Up (Rolling Stones)
No Sugar Tonight (The Guess Who)
I Need A Doctor (Eminem)
Sitting Waiting Wishing (Jack Johnson)
Keep Holding On (Avril Lavigne)
A Whole New World (Alladin & Jasmine)
The Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young)
The Waiting is the Hardest Part (Tom Petty)
Crazy (Gnarls Barclay)
Doctor Doctor Gimme the News (Robert Palmer)
I Fall to Pieces (Patsy Cline)
I Need to Know (Marc Anthony)
ow How Can I Tell You ( Cat Stevens)
ow Lean On Me (Club Nouveau)
ow Listen to What the Man Said (Paul McCartney & Wings)
ow Step by Step (Whitney Houston)
ow Emotions (Mariah Carey)
ow Mother & Child Reunion (Paul Simon)
ow Sweet Child O Mine (Guns & Roses)
ow We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
ow You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman)
ow A Change Will Do You Good (Cheryl Crowe)
ow I’m Gonna Love You Through It (Martina McBride)
ow Down With the Sickness (Disturbed)
ow I Want a New Drug (Huey Lewis)
ow Taking Care of Business (BTO)
ow Everybody Talks (Neon Trees)
ow Get a Haircut (George Thorogood)
Ain’t No Other Man (Christina Aguilera)
You Don’t Learn That in School (Nat King Cole Trio)

I really hope that you are enjoying my blog and that you might be learning something or gaining some perspective as to what others may experience after a breast cancer diagnosis.  If you or someone you know has a personal connection to cancer I hope that my story might be helpful.

Please don’t be shy to leave a comment or ask a question or just say hi!  Even song suggestions would be most welcome!

Thanks to you all for your support and for continuing to read and to  share my story.


  1. Hi Tracy,

    I always knew you were an amazing, strong, beautiful woman!!! This only proves it to me more and more every time I read your blog. You are truly beautiful inside and out.


    1. Thanks Sophie! I just saw this but I think it got posted twice. Anyway, always love to hear feedback. Take care and have a great day!


  2. 1st of all I think you are awesome! I also had a playlist to get me through.Coldplay X&Y was one album I listened to all the time. Unfortunately it always makes me think of chemo.
    Looking forward to reading more...

    1. Hey Jenn I think you are awesome too! You were such an inspiration to me when I started out on this journey and I am so glad I had you to talk to. You can't begin to know how happy I am that you are with an incredible guy and have such a great little boy to share. Hopefully chemo has not ruined your love of Coldplay. Have a great evening my friend and fellow cancer graduate!


  3. Hi Tracy,

    I always knew you were an amazing, strong, beautiful woman!!! This only proves it to me more and more every time I read your blog. You are truly beautiful inside and out.


    1. Hi Sophie! Thanks so much for you comments. It is always nice to hear such kind words.


  4. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?




  5. Chantal Bessette-DrouinFebruary 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Hi Tracy, I'm always anxious to read your blog and see which song you are going to give to your next blog. You are a great woman and inspiration for all of us. Continue your great job!

    1. Hi Chantal - Thanks so much for your message. I am glad you are reading my blog and enjoying the songs. Your comments are very kind. I will never forget the card and handmade gift the Janyka made for me when I was in treatment. It really touched my heart.



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