My name is Julie Culley. I started here as a student at Baruch, and now I work I work in the Bursar’s office, helping students with tuition, refunds, and multitude of other problems not Bursar-related. My primary disability is Multiple Sclerosis — MS. I walk like I’m a drunk.
For over twenty years I’ve been partially numb from the waist down. I also have kyphosis — basically, my spine has too much curve. My neck kept dropping down, and would have continued had I not had surgery in 2011. They fused my whole spine from T1 to L1. My neck is stiff, and I’m limited in what I can do, and how much I can turn my head. But I function fine.
I have six children and five grandchildren: they are the joy of my life. I get annoyed when the doctors keep asking: “Are you depressed?” I say, please stop asking me that. Look at my children; I have too much to live for.
And my job — I have a great team in the office. And Barbara Sirois, the head of disability services here at Baruch: she is the best. We formed the bond when I first started school here, and I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when she retires.