• It's been 6 weeks since my laryngectomy and bilateral neck dissection.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, March 13, 2020

    It's been 6 weeks since my laryngectomy and bilateral neck dissection.

    Here is an update about adjusting to a new life living as a laryngectomee. As we hear often cancer patients have a "new normal". This thing has nothing "normal" about it, but it is mine. So I'm learning the unique quirks to being a "neck breather". Here is my latest article>>http://bit.ly/3cZtadd

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    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Hang in there Greg. When I worked as a Children's Librarian in Sutter County CA ., there was a judge who had one of those "neck breather" thingys. Everyone understood him perfectly. I was a witness in one of the cases he tried and would say the defendant was trembling and rightly so.
      I have confidence you will become very skillful in speaking

      over 1 year ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      You continue to inspire us.

      over 1 year ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      You are a true hero, Greg. Very few on this earth could undergo what you have for decades now and continue to pour yourself out encouraging others. Amazing.

      over 1 year ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      Greg - I've always held you in high esteem since I've joined this group. I am at a loss for words to describe how much more that I am feeling towards you now. I'm a pretty tough old bird but I never could have gone through your most recent experience. I think I would have just given up. You are braver than anyone I know. You retain your sense of humor no matter what happens including your description of the feeding tube removal. You can quickly assess your current state and forge on. I know that Donna is a big part of your fight and rightfully so. I send my thoughts and prayers to both of you.

      over 1 year ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      Greg, I’m so glad you are marching along towards learning how to communicate with your electro larynx. Your writing about your experience is clear and concise and will be immensely helpful to anyone else undergoing the operation and resulting difficulties you and your wife are dealing with. I hope you will find other joys to replace what you’ve lost through this surgery. Sending virtual hugs -

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Thank you all for the kind words. I appreciate it, but when people say these things I continue to say I have no choice, I have to move forward. But at the same time, I understand that some people don't have the same attitude. Another reason that I advocate for a good outlook on each day that we are presented.

      I wish you all the best too.

      over 1 year ago
    • glam's Avatar

      Dear friend I had no idea you are facing a new challenge....I am sure everything is going to be just fine because you are light, inspiration and your attitude make you a winner as your everyday is lived fully ..... praying for your prompt recover

      over 1 year ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I have no doubt you will prevail. You're that kind of guy. : ) Hugs to you and Donna.

      over 1 year ago

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