CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Tracey Roberts is an 11-year survivor diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35. She went to get her baseline mammogram, just so they'd have something to compare to in the future.
But that baseline mammogram showed Stage II cancer already in her lymph nodes.
"It was three days before my 36th birthday," she said. "I kind of felt like I was on a treadmill and I was just trying to keep up."
Three months into the battle and she was attending her very first Komen Charlotte's "Race for the Cure."
"Race for the Cure is a time for me to reflect. To be happy that I've made it through," she said. "And to be sad for those we've lost."
Tracey said cancer shook her down, took her hair, and ultimately now - 11 years later - has made her stronger. She loves trying to spread a message that she learned the hard way.
"Early detection," she said, "mammograms and breast exams."
Tracey is a great example of the importance of "Race for the Cure" being a networking outlet for people who hear those words - "You Have Cancer" - and are unsure where to turn next.
WBTV has a team again this year, and we'd love to have you join us Saturday, October 1. For a $35 registration fee you get two t-shirts (a Komen shirt and a WBTV "Team Molly" shirt) and are registered as part of our team.
Go to www.wbtv.com/breastcancer for more.