This is a story of a dear friend, the NYC Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Young, so much to offer and share with all of us and over the year has been diagnosed and suffers from brain cancer. She is a fighter and I am so proud to know Nisha Agarwal. This can happen to anyone regardless of race, class, gender, religion, etc. She's using this time to fight for all of us. Be grateful for what you have, commit to doing right by others and remember that we can be one day away from pain and suffering. #LoveAndProtectOneAnother #FightForAllOfUs
As commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Nisha Agarwal would often lobby legislators on behalf of vulnerable New Yorkers. On Monday she was lobbying again — but for herself.
Ms. Agarwal, 39, who has been on medical leave from City Hall since August, revealed in an interview Monday that she has a rare form of brain cancer. During surgery to remove the tumor, she said, she had a stroke, which initially left her unable to speak or walk.
She has been rehabilitating ever since, and made it to Washington to protest the Republican tax bill in a furious last gasp before voting began.
Ms. Agarwal said she has a form of brain cancer known as glioma, which is different than the glioblastoma that Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, is battling. Ms. Agarwal’s cancer has no cure yet, and she worried that the tax plan would cause cuts in medical funding that could slow the work of researchers looking for one.
She said fiercely, “It’s my life.”