Tracy Mulroy

 

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I am a little woman with long blonde hair sitting in my scooter wearing a red shirt and khaki shorts with a big smile on my face!

I am a 48 year old woman with a rare disease known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta. I have had more surgeries,  broken bones and serious health issues than I can count yet I have always overcome the adversity life has thrown my way. I graduated from college and from Georgetown University School of Law at the top of my class. I am no longer able to practice law because of my health but I am raising two beautiful children who I adopted internationally with husband, Kyle. I am passionate about disability rights and am very active with the national foundation for my disease.

As a disabled woman, I have had to fight for things that most people take for granted. My parents had to fight for me to get an education. I had to fight for every job I got. I had to fight for health insurance and good health care. I had to fight to adopt both of my children. And I continue to have to fight for things as simple as access to buildings or an accessible parking space. I still regularly experience discrimination – probably in some form almost every day. Today, I am terrified. Terrified that all these fights have been for nothing and that we have turned back to a time when people with disabilities were locked away and not valued as contributors to our society. I am also worried about the discrimination that my foreign-born children with different skin color will face. What terrifies me the most, however, is not Trump but the fact that 58 million people voted for this. Voted for a man who openly mocked a disabled reporter and holds views on minorities that should scare every person in this country regardless of political party.

In spite of all of these worries and the profound anger and sadness I feel today, I vow to continue to try to be the change in this world. To smile at a stranger, to practice acts of kindness, and to have an open heart towards all. I have never been very involved in politics but that changed today. I hope those of you who are also angry will join me. Let’s be the change that we want to see in this country.

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautifully stated. Together, we can.

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  2. Susan Lauffer says:

    Well said as always, Tracy.

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