RAHWAY— Rahway native Christine Komoroski-McCohnell recently published a memoir reflecting on living and growing up to adulthood with Cerebral Palsy.
Navigating the staircase of oppression associated with a disability is the main theme of “Only You, Christine, Only You.” Komoroski-McCohnell touches on her relationships with her parents, two brothers, one sister, her husband Mac and all of her friends.
“‘Who is really disabled out there?,’” she writes. “And then I think to myself, ‘Do I have the authority to judge anyone?’”
Komoroski-McCohnell was born in Rahway and grew up in an upper middle-class neighborhood in the suburbs. While growing up, her house was inaccessible for disabled people so her parents built her a pool and remodeled a bedroom so she could have an accessible living space.
She later went on to attend Ramapo College of New Jersey where she attained a BA in Psychology. Later she attained an MA in Counseling from Seton Hall University and also received post-master credits at Temple University.
Now happily married with a stepson and stepgranddaughter, Komoroski-McCohnell loves to travel places where she can experience different cultures and events. Currently she teaches at Ramapo College, teaching and designing a Disability Studies minor, and is on the board of the Society of Disability Studies.