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+00:00September 22nd, 2012|Oral Health, Survivorship|1 Comment

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How many speakers leave you with memorable life lessons, motivating a life-perspective adjustment, a catalyst for real change? As a professional interactive performance artist, I have stage presence, charisma, a deep vibrant voice, and a message worth your time. I'm too busy to waste my time or yours with talk that cannot be applied personally and professionally in an immediate way. I performed ‘A Story NOT Silenced by Oral Cancer’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience, I founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, authored two books: ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter,’ to empower children with coping skills and communication strategies when someone they love has cancer, and created ‘My Story Legacy,’ a creative format to document family stories, life values and wisdom for future generations. Share this link with friends/colleagues who participate in conferences in need of a speaker who will rock the house! EvaGrayzel.com

One Comment

  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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