Tracey Punches Guillain-Barré in the Face

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A couple of years ago, Jonathan and I were invited to a wedding. A wedding celebrating the nuptials of two of our greatest friends. Two people I had lived with in college. Two people who drove from Colorado to Michigan for one night (our wedding night). Two people I consider to be forever friends. James and Tracey.

As luck would have it (or not have it, if you will) Jonathan was in pilot training at the time, and though we thought he would have the weekend off to join me in the celebration, unforeseeable Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training tasks came up, as they always do. So I grabbed another lifelong friend who was way too kind when she volunteered to drive the 11+ hours to Colorado with me (and back!) to join me as my stand in “Jon” the wedding.

The wedding was gorgeous. So much fun. I got to break out some dance moves no one (including myself) realized I had. But there was one part of the night when my pseudo-husband looked at me very confused. You see, the wedding speeches started to get heavy. People were so grateful that Tracey was able to celebrate her wedding, when so many years before, they didn’t know if she was even going to make it to her 18th birthday.

That was one of the (many) times I was reminded how lucky I am to have Tracey in my life. To have her as a lifelong friend. You see, eight years ago, she had something called Guillain-Barré Syndrome. But she can tell you that story much better than I.

Tracey proved to be a valuable person to know while we were living 1,200 miles away from our family while attending Colorado State University. She was more than a friend, she was family. Her parents took us in on holidays, or when we were homeless for a night while moving, or just when we needed family. Tracey was and will always be part of my family, and I’m just so lucky to have her in my life.

If you’d like to read Tracey’s story, here it is. You’ll probably need a tissue or two. But know this. Today, Tracey is as healthy as ever. She’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s about to become a Mama to a lucky little girl. And coincidentally, her daughter and Harry will have almost exactly the same difference in age as Tracey and I do. Those two little babies have just made friends for life, and they don’t even know it yet. But they are lucky. As am I.

xoxo, Mallory

image courtesy of Anastasia Rae Photography

7 thoughts on “Tracey Punches Guillain-Barré in the Face

      1. Wendy

        I’d call it “pay forward” as through sharing the story, others will learn and benefit. What a gift to all, Mallory. (and Tracey for the initial sharing)

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  1. Wendy

    Tracey,

    Perhaps you’ll read this and perhaps you won’t.

    Thank you for the sharing your story and Mallory, thank you for linking and sharing it

    My experience isn’t the same as yours, but I’ll share a bit. 3 yeas ago my hub was hit by a car while riding his bike, bound to qualify for IM Kona. The man was a sub 3-hour marathoner at the time.

    He suffered a massive TBI on top of full paralysis on his left side, a near severed right leg/ankle (9 inches of titanium and rods hold it on), collapsed lungs, etc. etc. He was intubated at the scene and life flighted, spent 9 plus days in a coma (he came out on Mother’s Day because his Mom asked him to…), and more.

    25 days before his birthday last year, he became the Dad of a little girl. Her middle name is Hope.

    Our long time in the hospital was one great big party. The nurses didn’t understand how we could make a 36 hour labor journey be a party with a follow up c-section party. We were there celebrating the birth of our daughter. We weren’t there with my hub on life support. Anything beat that. We laughed, we smiled, and we celebrated life.

    So as I watch my handsome man drink his coffee with our girl in a pack on his back now, cheers to you! Cheers to your health! Your hub! Your soon-to-be-born daughter! Your living life as you can and you choose to do!

    All the best,

    Wendy

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    1. Tracey

      Wendy,

      Thanks so much for sharing!! What an incredible story. Isn’t it amazing how much you appreciate life after something like that?!

      Thanks for your well wishes and glad to hear your family is doing well!

      Tracey

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  2. jillasiala

    Wow, allergies must really be bad at this time in my house at my computer reading these stories. Yes, Tracey, you will always be my daughter too. Love you and can’t wait for Harry’s life long girlfriend to enter this world

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