My name is David Wosnick and I gave a TEDx Talk during the COVID-19 pandemic
I was privileged enough to give a TEDx Talk to share my story.
I am 27-year-old recent graduate alumni who developed severe chronic pain shortly before starting my graduate school journey at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. It wasn’t until nearly three years later that I was diagnosed with a severe form of Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare genetic disease that will continue deteriorate my musculoskeletal system as I age. Since then, I have battled debilitating and painful symptoms, which ultimately, I face each single minute of every day. As a result of chronic pain, I closely walked the line of suicide and nearly took my life. Fortunately, I was introduced to opioid therapy as a last resort and it saved my life. Because of prescription opioids, I was able to pull myself from the depths of depression and complete my Master’s degree and win Provincial and National scholarships along the way.
Since then, I have become a strong advocate for the destigmatization of prescription opioids and reframing the common understanding of these medications for patients who rely on them to survive. While the opiod epidemic continues to rage on, millions of responsible users are having their pain medication taken away from them. I am here to show that like countless others, I am not your average drug user.
Having the opportunity to do a TEDx Talk was a massive honour. It so happened to occur during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am a completely open book. Ask me anything!
My TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9UOvJUk06w