On My Last Leg…


 So. Here we are. Me with my coffee in hand and my laptop in…er, lap, and you reading along. But why? The answer is simple, sort of: this is the day I have chosen to start documenting my journey to one-legged freedom. Freedom from pain, freedom from limited mobility (ironic, isn’t it?) and freedom from anxiety. Why today? The truth is today is as good a day as any to stop procrastinating and start writing. Writing about all the same things I talk about with the people in my life.

 This is a journey six years in the making, and hopefully will lead to many more years of relief and general wellness. But this isn’t just about my own personal “journey” (sorry)! I also want to use this blog to explore all the things I get on my soapbox about: most importantly, the lack of quality aftercare for cancer survivors, and what pushing through personal challenges really looks like. Because believe me, there will be some ugly days to follow; along with, hopefully, some glorious achievements. 

Total number of ugly cries since making this decision…5

 I am often told that I “inspire” people, but most days I don’t feel like much of an inspiration, especially when I have to ask someone to put my socks and shoes on for me. But even inspirers have bad moments, right? I’m going to acknowledge that fully, by sharing and laughing through my struggles. Maybe that in itself will produce a wee bit of inspiration for someone else?  I also want to highlight that everyone faces personal challenges that can offer them value and meaning—they are not “less than” the challenges I face, they’re just different; leaving you open to different life lessons.  

 I want to reach out to people facing similar challenges to see what they have learned, and share their stories with you. I have had the pleasure of meeting a few amazing people recently and, after listening to their stories and hearing their advice, I felt such a sense of relief—even dare I say JOY—at what may lie ahead for me. In that moment of joy I thought “what if others could benefit from hearing what they shared with me, and maybe even what I have to share myself?” and that’s when On My Last Leg was born.

I want to laugh, cry, learn, grow and have a record so that my children can look back and say Mom did her best and she fought hard. I want to be the best me I can be and inspire you to do the same, even if I am…on my last leg.

Next Week: The Origin Story

  1. Jen

    May 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Tracey you are an amazing lady! Reading your words I can hear you saying it out loud ! Your writing is so authentic just like you! You may be on your “last leg” but you are grounded in true gratitude with a nimble spirit that makes you the great friend you are! Love you ! Here you pop wheelies with you until you get bionic- as in Lindsay Wagner bionic woman who was way cooler!xxoo

    1. tlobenauer

      May 6, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thank you <3

  2. MJ

    May 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I am proud of you…you are such a wonderful strong person. You are a great role model for your children.

    1. tlobenauer

      May 6, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Thank you MJ!

  3. Nancy

    May 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Fantastic, Tray and I’m extremely proud of your decision (s)
    You have always been my super hero

    1. tlobenauer

      May 6, 2017 at 9:43 am

      I had a great mentor! xo

  4. missy

    May 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Hey gurl.. I adore you.. you are a courageous badass! You are so strong and determined – seriously, there is nothing you can’t do! Except the surgery.. yeah don’t do that. Love you more than coffee.. yeah I said it.. coffee..

  5. margaret

    May 5, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I will be reading with great interest Tracey. I like you already and wish you the very best of luck xx

    1. tlobenauer

      May 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Margaret Thank you so much coming along on the journey!

  6. Donna Scudieri

    May 5, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Tracey you are definitely an inspiration to others! I applaud you for your bravery and your tale that you are about to share with us. God bless you. Aunt Donna

    1. tlobenauer

      May 6, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Thank you! xoxo

  7. Tracey Schumacher

    May 6, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Tracey, many people pass through our lives and some just have the unique ability to leave something truly special in someone’s heart. That’s you. I deeply believe this gift of yours will continue to reach and inspire people in in remarkable ways. For not only are you a courageous survivor, your generosity and gentle spirit are a reminder that in this world, we truly do live among heroes. Keeping you in my prayers with an enormous amount of respect. Xo

    1. tlobenauer

      May 8, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Thank you! <3

  8. Laurie

    May 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    The kids and I are planning on running that 5K with you!

    1. tlobenauer

      May 8, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Yay! Can’t wait! <3

  9. Rob

    May 7, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Well what on earth am I going to do with this PAIR of Doritos socks I bought for you – ready to reciprocate the greatest present I’d ever received! Miss you hun, I have not known you since the start of the journey – but my life has been better for knowing you part of the journey, with many years ahead! Coach Rob x

    1. tlobenauer

      May 8, 2017 at 10:04 am

      You are the best and you just made my day! It just means I will have a back up Dorito sock when the other one is dirty! 🙂

  10. Dana seifert

    May 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Hey girlie! Your a strong and humorous person. And a true inspiration. I love you always dana seifert

    1. tlobenauer

      May 11, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Dana Thank you so much! <3

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