October 23, 2017
By Kristi Nelson
Knoxville News Sentinel, Oct. 23, 2017
Rick Friel went into the walk-in clinic for what he thought was a pulled muscle in his back.
He ended up hospitalized for nearly two months, being treated for a rare blood cancer.
“I drove myself to the emergency room” that day in March 2009, said Friel, now 49. “They took me into one of the rooms, started asking a whole bunch of questions, started running tests, and essentially I didn’t go home for about seven weeks.”