Chairwoman Nora Vargas speaks out about recent medical diagnosis

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SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas issued an update on her health after being diagnosed with a medical condition.

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“As most of you know, I’m not someone who can be ‘silenced,’ but my doctor has advised that I need to rest my vocal cords in order to prevent surgery removing painful nodules that have formed on them,” Vargas said Monday.

According to the National Institutes of Health, nodules are small, benign growths that can form if vocal cords are overused, and can result in hoarseness or problems with one’s voice.

In the meantime, Vargas said the District 1 staff, nicknamed the “Equity Squad,” will continue to support community events while she continues her daily duties with the county.

“I’ve never been one to shy away from speaking at public events or doing interviews, but life circumstances have presented a new challenge for me in the coming weeks,” Vargas continued in her statement. “I appreciate your understanding and grace during this time of recovery.”

According to the office of the chairwoman, her doctor has recommended “weeks of recovery” for her to heal from her condition.

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