Since appearing on Married at First Sight earlier this year, 35-year-old Tracey Jewel has steadily remained in the headlines. From her relationship and subsequent break up with fellow contestant Sean Thomsen, to leaked text messages, to the launch of her latest book, This Goddess Means Business, Tracey has been the focus of a great deal of media attention.
The latest attention, however, focuses on a number of claims made by the reality star, author and professional speaker, that don’t appear to add up.
Now, we’ve fact-checked the controversies that seem to refuse to let go of Tracey Jewel.
The cervical cancer scare
In April this year, Tracey referred to her experience with cervical cancer in an Instagram post. Thanking her hairdresser, who she said has been doing her extensions for years, Tracey added, “Hair never grows back after cervical cancer the same way”.
Speaking to YahooBe! later that month, Tracey said she was diagnosed with stage zero CIN3 cervical cancer eight weeks after her daughter Grace was born.
“Unfortunately that meant I couldn’t breastfeed after that,” she said, “which you know, was quite traumatic to go through that when you’re a new mum, especially a first time mum”.
According to Dr. Brad McKay, it’s crucial to note “CIN3 isn’t cervical cancer – it’s the step before getting cervical cancer.”
“Treatment of CIN3 involves removing the abnormal cells from the cervical,” he told Mamamia. “Depending on the extent of abnormality, we will either use cryotherapy to freeze the abnormal cells, or perform what’s called a ‘cone biopsy’ to cut out the abnormal cells. These procedures are only performed locally on the cervix and do not alter any other part of the human body, particularly not hair growth or breast tissue.”
When Mamamia contacted Tracey for comment, she said, “My comment [regarding] my hair was taken completely out of context by the media.”
“My comment was relating to body and hormone changes from pregnancy, breastfeeding and going through two lletz procedures 6 weeks after giving birth.”
The mum-of-one also said the reason she was no longer able to breastfeed was because “the stress of it all” caused her milk to dry up.