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Cody Unser to present ‘Living Life with Paralysis’
Pryor Distinguished Lecturship

JOHNSON CITY (April 13, 2018) – The public is invited to attend the eighth annual Dr. Elizabeth Carver Pryor Distinguished Lectureship in Women’s Health featuring guest speaker Cody Unser. Sponsored by the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, “I am Not My Body: Cody Unser’s Story of Living Life with Paralysis” will be presented at the Millennium Centre on Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m.

Unser is co-founder of The Cody Unser First Step Foundation for those afflicted with Transverse Myelitis, the autoimmune disorder that caused her to become paralyzed at age 12. Now 31, Unser recently finished her master’s in public health from George Washington University and writes as a patient advocate for U.S. News and World Report about everything she experiences relating to having a disability and navigating the world. Unser is passionate about the health care of women with disabilities and has presented the issues they face at the national conference of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and at grand rounds around the country.

Pryor, the namesake of the lectureship, was a beloved and well-respected educator who served as an assistant professor and associate residency program director in ETSU’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This lectureship honors her dedication to teaching and mentoring medical students and residents.  Pryor was a dynamic educator who taught with passion, energy, compassion and humor.

Unser’s lecture is free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit or call 423-439-8074. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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