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Tracy Nelson is an actress and the oldest child of songwriter and actor Ricky Nelson and his wife, actress Kristin Harmon.
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To make matters worse, her husband's father was diagnosed with inoperable throat cancer at the same time. Nelson underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove parts of her liver and lymph nodes, then endured months of grueling chemotherapy that caused her weight to drop to 87 pounds. Within six months of her diagnosis, the cancer went into remission.
Through it all, Nelson continued to work. During her illness and treatment,
she starred as Sister Stephanie "Steve" Oskowski in the Father Dowling Mysteries series.She also starred and guest-starred in television shows such as Perry Mason and Melrose Place. Despite fears that her radiation treatments may have rendered her sterile, Nelson gave birth to a daughter, named Remington, in August 1992.
Nelson and husband Billy Moses divorced in 1997, and share custody of their daughter. In 2001, Nelson had a second child, Elijah Nelson Clark, with boyfriend Chris Clark. Despite the multiple challenges she has faced in life, Nelson is determined to come out a better person for it. "Things happen for a reason," she says, "and I believe I was given a chance to get stronger as a person."
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