She previously worked at West Suffolk College as an information centre supervisor, and was the administrator for the Bury football school. As Tracie puts it “Life threw me a massive curve ball”.
At 5 months old, Lucas was diagnosed with lissencephaly and microcephaly – and has a range of complex health care which means he needs 24-hour care.
After his diagnosis, Tracie knew that she would need a bigger property that could better suit her son’s changing needs.
In 2009, Tracie and Lucas moved to their first property in Stanton.“We had a bigger garden in Stanton and bigger rooms which was amazing.
“But as Lucas gets bigger, his equipment gets bigger; and the bathroom at the first property we had was small and we couldn’t move Lucas around in his chair.”
Tracie knew she would need to apply for a bigger property and started going down the usual channels to seek a bigger home. Luckily, another home became available locally.
Tracie explains.“I didn’t want to move out of the area due to the support I have here and the GP in Stanton which is so important for Lucas.”
“Havebury fitted adaptations to allow for a more comfortable living space for me and Lucas. Including widening the hallway and building a larger wet room.”
Outside of her caring for Lucas, Tracie has also competed in The Great North Run to raise money for EACH, a charity close to her heart and was nominated (and came second) in The Sun’s Mother of the year competition.
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