Words with Wine: Tracy-lea Connor 'Chemobrain'

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Event Information

  • Date DATE
    22 January 2020
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  • Time TIME
    6.30 - 7.30PM
  • Location LOCATION
    Manning Library Function Room
    2 Conochie Cres, Manning
  • Cost COST
    Free, bookings essential
  • Hosted by HOSTED BY
    City of South Perth Libraries
  • Extra Information

    Doors open 6pm

    In the interests of more sustainable living please BYO mug &/or water bottle. Catering includes one glass of wine per ticket and cheese platters, tea/coffee & non-caffeinated drinks.


Tracy-lea was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2011, with the disease being so extensive, surgery was not an option. She began the fight of her life starting with an aggressive Chemotherapy regime to achieve surgical clearances, followed by surgery and radiation. In 2014, tests revealed she had successfully conquered cancer.

On a cognitive level, however, things didn’t feel right. A cognitive assessment by Neuropsychologist Dr Karen Brooker, determined she had Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment (CRCI), colloquially referred to as ‘Chemobrain’. After a two year David and Goliath battle with medical, legal and insurance professionals, she finally received her Total Permanent Disability Insurance.

This experience was the catalyst for Tracy-lea’s advocacy, as she tries to raise awareness about ‘Chemobrain’ amongst cancer survivors through her speaking, writing and publishing.

Join the South Perth Libraries and Tracy-lea as she walks you through trauma associated with cancer diagnosis, illness recovery and the financial impacts of cancer while providing her positive, often funny and uplifting insights. 

Manning Library

2 Conochie Crescent, Manning