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  1. Lucie on November 6, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I have decided after this last insertion of a different prosthesis, which was very painful and uncomfortable to learn esophageal speech on my own. This will be a challenge I live alone, so I was planning on maybe starting to read out loud. Any suggestions?

    • Allison on November 14, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Hi Lucie,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! There are several support groups and speech pathologists all over the US that can provide support and education. Would you send me your city and state so that I might find the closest resources near you? I can then send you their information for contacting.

      Have a wonderful day!

  2. Lee on March 31, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Currently diagnosed with laryngeal ca and the possibility of a laryngectomy. Received radiation 4 yrs, ago for head and neck cancer. Should I try radiation for the laryngeal cancer before deciding on a laryngectomy? How would my neck cartilage be affected with radiation. I have faith in my physician but am afraid of not being able to spk. Thank u.

    • Allison on April 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Lee,

      I am sorry to hear about the cancer. Unfortunately the IAL is not qualified to give you medical advice and would suggest speaking with your physician regarding decisions just since they have all the information. If you do decide on becoming a laryngectomee we would love to connect you with support groups and friends from your community and all over. Best wishes!

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