BY Andrew Joseph Pegoda, Ph.D.

As a neurofibromatosis survivor, I’m already in a high-risk group for contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). So, even though I’ve never had cancer, I’ve been under strict orders to stay at home for months.

A surgery I had 20 years ago to remove some large tumors from my diaphragm essentially left me with only one functional lung. That means I already get out of breath easily. And sometimes, I have trouble feeling like I’m getting...

Neurofibromatosis survivor Andrew Joseph Pegoda, Ph.D.

BY Andrew Joseph Pegoda, Ph.D.

I first became an MD Anderson patient more than 28 years ago, at age 4. But, I’ve never had cancer.

I was born with a genetic disorder...