By Tatiana Sanchez, San Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2020
Elaine Shelly has lived with multiple sclerosis for 30 years. But she said she still panics whenever she has to see a new neurologist because of racial discrimination she’s experienced in the past.
Even getting a proper diagnosis for her illness was a battle. “I’d go to these neurologists who would tell me that Black people don’t get M.S. and that I must be mentally ill,” said Shelly, 63, of San Leandro.
A former print journalist, Shelly said racial stress has been a constant in her life for decades, including in the workplace, where she often faced microaggressions from peers and retaliation from management.