A Cancer Diagnosis Pushed This CT Woman Into Her Dream Career
Just as a deadline can motivate us to get started on an assignment or task, so too can a life-threatening illness push us to focus on what really matters, what we really want to do, and who we really want to be.
"Once you hear those words—cancer—you become very clear about how you want to live your life," says Tracy Yost of Westport, Connecticut. After getting a cancer diagnosis at just 46 years old, Tracy found herself motivated to pursue new dreams and even a new identity or persona.
Today, Tracy is known around town as "The Bike Lady," because of the pursuits that she threw herself into during her battle with cancer.
"I knew I wanted to connect with people recreationally," Tracy recalls of her brainstorming during chemotherapy sessions. In addition to being active, she says, "I knew I wanted to see the coastline every day of my life."
Those complementary goals led Tracy to a brilliant idea: starting Westport's first bike rental business, right on the beach. And the aspiring entrepreneur even used the challenges of her disease to her advantage; she wrote her entire business plan during her 6 weeks of radiation treatments. Given the simultaneous experiences of fighting for her life and creating her company, it's no surprise that Tracy sees Westport Bike Rentals as something more than a job.
"She has a business, but she's on a mission," says Tracy's friend Cyd Hamer.
Tracy's determination, creativity, and intelligence inspire us to go make the most of every day, and to never let hardship diminish our zeal for life.
To learn more about her awesome venture, go to her website https://westportbikerentals.com/.
This video was produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot/edited by Yura Makarov.