“I was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2012- something I never would have imagined happening to me. The years of treatment often left me and my family feeling emotionally, physically and even financially drained. Tracy gave me the opportunity to address the side effects of treatment without the financial stress of costly services. The staff was always creative and insightful about ways to address the different problems I was experiencing. Although the love and compassion that Tracy and all of the staff at Aloe have shown me is incredibly difficult to quantify, I can honestly say that it changed my treatment experience.
We are so fortunate to have such an incredible place right here in our neighborhood. Expanding it to reach others who might be in greater need would be an incredible gift to the Austin community as a whole.”
– Cacki Young
“When my wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in 2011, we were inundated with offers of meals, childcare and the like, all of which were certainly needed and appreciated. However, one of our close friends, Tracy Bethel, said ‘I can’t cook, but I want to do something else for Elizabeth.’ And so began what would be a very important part of Elizabeth’s management of her disease and the effects of treatments over her final years.
Elizabeth was aggressively treated for her disease with both conventional and experimental treatments of immunotherapy, radiation and chemotherapy. Almost immediately, she developed severe and often times painful rashes to the drugs and treatments. Like clockwork after these treatments, we could soon expect a call from Tracy urging Elizabeth to come to her studio to let Tracy ‘work on her’.
Whether it was a facial, acupuncture or massage, Elizabeth always felt pampered when she needed it most. Cancer treatment is a time of great stress and patients are often times left in a very fragile state, both physically and mentally. Being able to escape the clinical hospital environment and be in a place where she felt she was doing something good for her body and mind was invaluable for Elizabeth.”
– Russell Smith