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An Update: Dr. Winifred (Winnie) Brady, March 2012.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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A doctor with a physical disability updates her story.

Image of handicapped parking sign (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

Know it has been quite a few years since I have written in here, and for that I am truly sorry; but when one has a family (and a demanding job), one can probably figure out that I don't have much in the way of free time.  I hope people understand this; not many do, it seems.

You might not be familiar with me, so here goes ... my name is Winifred Elaine Brady, M.D., and I have been an Emergency Room physician for over ten years now.  Before that, I went to eight years of school and then four years internship.  I am in my later 40's.  I am married to Jack, and we have two children, both adopted: Shen Li (9), adopted from China, and Corbin Micah (6), adopted from Russia.  They are our world; we would do anything to make them happy.  We also have a chocolate-brown-and-white Pomeranian dog named "Skittles".

When I am not working at the hospital (I usually work at Nashville Memorial, but I also do rounds at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and Fisk University Hospital), I take care of my family, go to concerts, go to church (I attend Christ Community Assembly of God on the Sundays where I am off), visit the shut-ins, sing in the choir (at church), and talk to area children about the benefits of good health and exercise.  I am a very busy woman, but I enjoy what I do.

I'm also physically disabled.  I was born with cerebral palsy and I guess it is because of the excellent care I received from the local Cerebral Palsy Association and Easter Seals that I decided to become a doctor when I grew up.  I held true to that dream and I could not be any happier.  I walk with crutches, but if I go somewhere like to the mall, the fairgrounds, a concert, to the Grand Ole Opry, to the Nashville Zoo, or to the local NASCAR venue, I use my wheelchair, as it is much easier for me. 

I have never known what it is like to walk under my own power, but I'm grateful that I can at least walk, even if it does mean using a pair of crutches.  I am indeed blessed!

Well,  it is about time for me to get the kids in bed, as they have school in the morning.  I also have to head there myself, afer I shower and do my hair, as I have to be at work at 6:30 in the morning at Nashville Memorial.  I will write in here again soon; I hope you enjoyed peeking into my life.  I enjoyed telling you my story.  I will write in here again soon; until then, this is Winifred Brady saying so long; may God bless you as much as He's been blessing me and my family over the years!

~Winifred (Winnie) Brady, M.D. :)  

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Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/28/2012
I love your updates Karen.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/27/2012
Great Story here Karen, thank you
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/27/2012
Good to hear from the good doctor, Karen. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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