I have had two pieces published in the Opinion section of NBC News Online.

The first was on August 16, 2020 and it talks about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the impact that it has on individuals seeking medical care.

The second was on June 1, 2022 and discusses the myths around having a stroke.

Opinion | Having a stroke was nothing like what I’d imagined

I feel strings of rusty nails shoot up and down my right side. I’m on fire, struggling to breathe. My head and ears pound. Suddenly, it stops and I pass out. The next morning, I feel awful, but I function fine. I walk around and converse with my grandmother.

Opinion | I didn’t get COVID-19. But it still damaged my health.

“You have a growth between your L3 and L4 vertebrae.” The statement from my doctor didn’t seem real when he said it on the phone. It still didn’t when I met with the surgeon a few days later and he explained the scans, surgery and recovery process in more detail.

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