Tracy was a normal teenager. In high school she was a varsity athlete in cross country, track, swimming, and softball, holding multiple records. As you can imagine, the morning when she woke up with a high fever, swollen and immobile joints was difficult. Her mother brought her to the doctor, she didn’t think the diagnosis was going to be a chronic disease. Well, that's exactly what it was, she was diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis with moderate LUPUS, over seventeen years ago.
Over the years, Tracy has been on several different medications due to changing symptoms. She often jokes about how many needles she has seen over her lifetime. She also brags how she can often pick out a good phlebotomist in a crowd. Needle after needle, she has persevered, achieving a Bo Black Belt in Muay Thai, running 5ks, half-marathons, and completing two New York City Marathons. She enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, all while following her two passions in life as a Special Education Teacher and Real Estate Agent.
After they got married, Tracy and her husband started to plan for a family. After consulting with doctors, halting Tracy’s medication was determined to be the safest option for trying to get pregnant. It was during this time that the unpredictability, severe radiating pain, and immobility in multiple joints returned. The average day consisted of bracing against furniture to walk to the bathroom in the morning or asking her husband for assistance. She continued to persevere and now they are excited to be welcoming a little girl into the world in September.
Wonder Woman has always been Tracy’s hero. Her innate love, compassion, empathy, and strong conscience are all traits that Tracy strives to emulate. Tracy even has the Wonder Woman logo tattooed on her ankle as a constant reminder that these traits are at the core of her foundation.
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: Two words that have tried so hard to dictate her lifestyle. Now, much like her hero, Tracy is bringing the fight to RA, by RAISING HOPE, RAISING MONEY, and RAISING AWARENESS. She is honored to be this year’s Jingle Ball Run Honoree!