Brain Injury Month/Tracy Traylor

  • March 10, 2014
  • #8311

A young woman with a brain injury exemplifies perseverance in dealing with physical challenges while pursuing her dreams.

Brain Injury Month/Tracy Traylor

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a pretty inspiring story.

And welcome to "Joni and Friends" where I love telling you about people who are truly persevering through some pretty tough times and doing it because they have a love for Jesus. My friend, Tracy Traylor, is one of those. Back in 1988, she was a 19-year-old freshman at Baylor University studying design. One weekend, while driving home in a storm, her car hydroplaned and hit a tree. Tracy was rushed to the hospital and transferred to ICU where she remained in a coma for five months. After a year of rehabilitation, she was sent home not able to talk or walk normally. Although she is in a wheelchair with many limitations, Tracy is unstoppable. Despite her brain injury, she continues to pursue her interest in design, and now, she makes beautiful jewelry.

I met Tracy in the mid 1990’s when she and her mother, Ginny, were attending a conference where I was speaking. When we were introduced, she wheeled up and gave me a lovely necklace she had made (Tracy works on the design of the necklace, but uses her mother’s hands to help put it together.) But this wasn’t any ordinary necklace: the clay medallion was imprinted with the image of a leaping deer. The little tag on the necklace explained the image: it was from Isaiah 35:6, which says that one day, the lame, are going to leap like deer. That Bible verse is so precious for Tracy and me. Because one day when the Lord returns, we’ll have our brand new bodies—no more paralysis, no more quadriplegia or brain injury! Tracy and I have been friends for 20 years; plus, we enjoy a ministry together giving those necklaces away to other wheelchair users who need a reminder of Isaiah 35.

This being National Brain Injury Awareness Month, I just had to tell you her remarkable story. And I also want you to know that I am posting a photo of Tracy and her necklace on my radio page today at Because I think this young woman is a great example of 1 Corinthians chapter 2, verse 16 where it says, “… we have the mind of Christ.” And also Philippians chapter 2, verse 5, where it says that we can have the attitude of Christ. That, my friend, is Tracy Traylor. She may be brain-injured and her motor skills might be somewhat impaired, but she has the mind of Christ. She has His attitude. And if my brain-injured friend can persevere and hold onto the grace of Jesus despite all the daunting challenges that come her way, well you and I can, too.

I’ve pinned a photo of Tracy on my radio page and on our Pinterest board at “Joni and Friends”, so if this program blessed you and you want to share it with someone who’s struggling or in need of encouragement, then visit and pin it on your Pinterest page. And you may want to check out our 35th anniversary memory board on the “Joni and Friends” Pinterest page while you’re there. And one last thing: Yes, Tracy occasionally prays that God might heal her; that He might restore some of her functioning ability, but like me, Tracy has discovered a much deeper healing. I write about this in my new booklet “Where’s My Miracle?” In it, I share more on the subject of miraculous healing, and I want to send this booklet to you. Just visit my radio page today at and ask for your free copy. And remember, today, have the mind of Christ; what’s more, have the attitude of Christ because people will notice and people will be blessed. I invite you to visit

© Joni and Friends


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