A Voiceless Message: Throat Cancer Survivor Itzhak Brook Speaks

Can you be articulate and have no voice?  The answer is YES. Today, I met Itzhak Brook.  He is a survivor of throat cancer and required a full laryngectomy.  Despite having no voice box, he produced an articulate whisper amplified by an excellent mike system.  He spoke at the David Nasto Oral Cancer Awareness Walk. One message he imparted was the importance of seeing an ENT subspecialist.  He saw colleagues whom he trusted for three surgeries until he finally went into NYC to see a subspecialist, recognizing quickly the vast difference in expertise.  Even though he wasn’t sure he wanted to live life without a voice, he kept going because he didn’t want to leave a legacy to his children of  quitting in the face of adversity.

I learned something new, too.  I asked him if he could go swimming.  He can dunk up to his chest, but no higher unless he has a Larchel, which rhymes with snorkel intentionally because it’s a snorkel for laryngectomees.

His wife Joyce is a special person too, and I was honored to meet them both.

By | 2016-10-14T15:18:18+00:00 September 22nd, 2012|Oral Health, Survivorship|1 Comment

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Nationally recognized Master Storyteller Eva Grayzel, shows her audiences how to bring new business strategies to life through the power of storytelling: compelling stories to communicate the company message, role-playing stories to build teams and human stories to generate passion.  An expert on interactive storytelling techniques with 25 years’ experience, Eva’s engaging keynotes, training workshops and corporate retreats are custom-tailored to your organization.  After surviving a shocking diagnosis of late stage tongue cancer, Eva broadened her audience base speaking about the patient’s experience.  When Eva starts speaking, audiences stop looking at the clock. Her powerful survivorship story and her professional training as a performer allows her to deliver mesmerizing programs, actively engaging each member of the audience professionally and personally.  Eva is the author of ‘You Are Not Alone: Families Touched By Cancer,’ and ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek.’

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  1. Lynn Schey January 5, 2014 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Hello,
    2 years ago, my son, had a total laryngetomy due to cancer. He was 20 years of age.. You will know how traumatic and incredibly hard this period of our life has been. He was a keen swimmer prior to his operation and I’m wondering where we may buy a Larchel snorkel. We live in Australia. I appreciate your advice.
    Kind regards
    Lynn SCHEY

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