Markleton woman still smiling despite battle with cancer
Sally Trimpey shows off her new ride: the ¿Violator,¿ a motorcycle she won at a sportsmen¿s bash in Cumberland, Md. Trimpey has a lot to smile about despite her battle with lung cancer. (Staff photo by Roger Vogel)
“I cheered ‘woo-hoo’ when I saw that I had won,” the Markleton resident said of pulling a winning ticket at the event in Cumberland, Md.
A smile stretches across Trimpey’s face as she talks about her $37,000 prize, a road-ready bike called the “Violator” that appears unusually large next to her small frame.
Trimpey’s bubbly, upbeat demeanor gives little indication that she is battling a life-threatening illness for the third time.
“She has survived three different kinds of cancer, and she seems OK to everyone,” her daughter Lynn said.
Trimpey’s battle with cancer began in 2005 when doctors found a lump in her throat. Surgery to remove the lump resulted in the loss of most of her speaking ability but that didn’t keep her from continuing to do the things she loves most.
Trimpey continued to work, enjoy her favorite hobbies and spend time with friends and family despite her life-threatening diagnosis. She continued working as a postmaster at the Markleton post office, where she has been employed for 20 years and now works part time.
“She is tough as nails for such a little thing. She would do chemo treatments and then go to work,” Lynn said.
Trimpey survived her first bout with cancer but was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years later.
Lynn and her other siblings — Michael, Charles, Brian, Stuart and Samantha — did their best to help their mother as she battled cancer for the second time. Trimpey’s husband, William, was also a strong source of love and support.
“Family is an important part of her life,” Lynn said.
Trimpey survived with her optimistic, lively attitude in check. She continued her favorite hobbies: fly fishing, quilting, hunting, playing bingo and, of course, riding motorcycles.
“My mom has always loved riding motorcycles. I remember we had a Kawasaki when I was a kid,” she said.
Then the unthinkable happened: Doctors discovered a cancerous spot on Trimpey’s lung.
Lynn said doctors are unable to operate on her mother, who has become frail throughout her treatments. Instead she has been taking a chemo pill each day to help her battle the disease.
Though Trimpey once enjoyed riding motorcycles, she is ready to trade in her newly won bike for traveling money.
The Elvis Presley fan said she would love to use her winnings to travel to Presley’s homestead, the Graceland Mansion, in Memphis, Tenn. She would also like to visit Atlantic City, N.J.
Despite her diagnosis, Trimpey has much to celebrate. She and William celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary Wednesday, and she is looking forward to future travels.
Lynn said while she admires many things about her mother, it is her strength she admires most.
“She has not let this get her down, not one time,” she said.