Tracy Jalbuena is a 43 year-old wife, mother of two sparkly children ages 15 and 10, emergency room doctor, blogger, and cancer patient. In August 2014 she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the third most common blood cancer. She is now undergoing chemotherapy and is actively searching for a stem cell donor for a potentially curative allogeneic stem cell transplant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
She was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to her Irish-German mother and Filipino father, and was raised in southern Ohio in a little town named Chillicothe. She attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio before settling down in the sweet Maine coastal town of Camden. She works in the ER at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in neighboring Rockport. She loves taking care of patients, and feels that is a calling rather than simply a job.
Tracy is an avid reader, hiker and knitter. She also enjoys exploring and trying new things, including gardening, cooking, and skiing. Recent adventures include skiing in Vail, knitting a sweater for her husband (it fits!), and traveling to Istanbul Turkey.