I enjoy writing essays about people and places, with all of their quirks and beauty: from sleepy Polish villages to bustling urban beehives; from tango addicts to animal hoarders; from salt-of-the-earth women in flowery babushkas to starchy executives at their mahogany desks. I also write op-eds and advocacy pieces on topics close to my heart.  

I am currently working on a book, 50 Deeds, about a year-long project of hard-earned gratitude, prompted by a promise made to my oldest son.


Kudos to Associate FDA Commissioner, Dr. Lurie, for proposing a simplified 'expanded access' process for investigational drugs. I personally experienced its complexity from three perspectives. 

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I spent the first twenty-two years of my life learning how to complain. It’s not as easy as it sounds. In Poland, complaining is not just small talk; it’s an art form that requires years of dedicated practice. 

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If there is one thing I learned in my multiple battles for treatment access, it's this: it's an endurance game. Insurers want to save. They try to tire you out. They want you to give up. Don't. 

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