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deborahe (@deborahe)

Cricoid Chondrosarcoma

Head & Neck Cancer | Last Active: Mar 16, 2022 | Replies (46)

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Hi Deb and @jeffk , just letting you know that my vocal chord surgery went quite well. The surgeon used one of my muscles to attach the Gore-Tex wedge, as the trachea was too friable. He's expecting the muscle to atrophy such that the chord will be in the right position in a couple months. I feel so fortunate, as COVID policies were changing rapidly during the two days I was in the hospital. I was still able to have my follow-up bronchoscope last week, which showed that the airway looks great. I was allowed to start practicing with my voice a couple days ago. It's small and raspy, and it takes a few tries to get started, like a stubborn lawn mower. But I do think it will sound like the old me. The cats and my husband are thrilled to hear it. I think singing will be possible too. Hoping all is well with you and your loved ones. Take care!

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Julie, What fantastic news! I’m so glad you were able to have your procedure done and have such an excellent outcome. All the best to you as you continue to heal and find your voice again. Keep us posted on your progress! -Deb