I was shaken to my core 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with throat cancer. Even though my cancer was removed and I received local radiation, it recurred 20 months later. Unfortunately, my surgeons were unable to completely remove the tumor using laser, and I was left with no choice except to undergo laryngectomy. I faced the daunting realization that I could no longer continue to lecture and speak in public.
[Editor's note: Dr. Brook is the author of the book My Voice: A Physician's Personal Experience with Throat Cancer. The book can be obtained at http://www.createspace.com/900004368.]