Tracy is a vibrant and cheerful young woman. She has always been a hard worker and never one to back down from a challenge. In 2008 while completing her masters, she started a company, and also gained fulltime employment, at this time she was also serving on the board of a national committee and even started learning Spanish. In 2009 she was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica, an autoimmune disease, which caused her to lose her sight and motor function effectively causing her to become a blind quadriplegic. This effectively put all her activities on hold. She was unable to perform basic daily tasks or even to scratch an itch. Despite her doctors expecting her to only live a few weeks, being resilient, Tracy has been working hard on improving her motor function and has gone from being bedridden to being able to brush her teeth, feed herself and has graduated from a wheelchair to using a walker. She is now able to go short distances with the aid of her walker. She is still hopeful she will regain her sight. She has remained hopeful and is even a source of comfort and reassurance to her friends and family.