March 2012

 


 

 

Name Of Column Author Title Article Type
News Views Pat Sanders Treasure Trove News & Events
VoicePoints Kimberly Unger LMSW The Other Side Of Healing Education-Med
Speaking Out Members Foods You Enjoy Eating   Opinion
Nuf-Sed Bob Keiningham May I Help You-Part Two  Commentary
Between Friends Donna McGary Seen Better Days Commentary
The Speechless Poet Len Hynds Keeping With Management Poetry
WOTW Editor Bill Rose Perth Western Australia Experience
WOTW Editor Debi Austin Los Angeles Experience
New Members Listing Welcome News & Events

 

 

 

 

Treasure Trove

 

I had the occasion last week to want some information from the past medical problems of other members and instead of writing to the list, I went to our archives of the list, which has all emails written to WebWhispers since late November, 2005.

I had to go in for a test, a Carotid Doppler, and I wanted to know what other experiences were and if there were things I needed to know beforehand. So, I went to the email Daily Whispers and used the word Carotid in the search section and pulled up 140 messages. Reading what they wrote soothed my anxiety since they described results from just keeping a check on it, folks who had procedures done, successfully, and some descriptions, step by step.

I am lucky. They called me yesterday and said, no need to worry and we will add this to the tests we do yearly. Great relief but, if I had needed to go for a procedure, I had already learned enough about it and how well our people came through it, that it would not have been as scary.

Over 6 years of daily emails! What a great source of material that we so often neglect. You can look up all messages written, by date, by thread (conversation), or general subject or you can search for specifics.

How to get there: Look at the bottom of your email that came through the list and there are links to several important parts of WebWhispers that you might like to go to often.  Click on the link by Daily Whispers.

You may wish to read messages from current times back or you might like to read by thread (conversation), but for now, think about the "search".

The chart comes up with 20 messages.  At the bottom it says:

"Search for messages within this mailing list which contain the following keywords": a blank for you to type in.
Fill in a word or two but they must be words from the body of the message… not from the Subject. click on Search.

A hint is to start with the main word and see how many you get.  It may be 80 but they will be there almost before you can look up to see.  If it is far too many, add another word. Be sure you spell it right. Keep it simple.

At the top of the results, an arrow… left takes you back and right takes you forward. If no arrow on one side, no more in that direction will be found.

Have fun.  You will see a lot of daily messages with whatever subject you look for, selected out of approximately 25,000 messages that have gone through our list in this time.  Truly a Treasure Trove.

 

Enjoy,
Pat W Sanders
WebWhispers President
 

 

 

 


The Other Side of Healing

By Kimberly Unger LMSW
MD Anderson Cancer Center

 

The physical aspect of healing after a laryngectomy is all encompassing and the learning curve is steep. The vital functions of eating, breathing and speaking must be relearned and adapted in correlation with the extent of the surgery and treatment. These changes that occur, throughout treatment, affect the very core of the patient’s sense of self as it changes not only how a person eats and talks but how they look.

The patient’s body image is not all that is affected;how they function within and are treated by our society also change. Getting used to this “new normal” takes a great deal of time, as well as mental and physical energy. With the necessary focus on the physical part of recovery, the psychosocial aspect of healing can be easily pushed to the background. It is important that the medical team be knowledgeable and comfortable with encouraging the patient and family to express the stressors that they are experiencing in the recovery.


Anxiety and stress, not surprisingly, are common in the newly diagnosed patient. The uncertainty of the treatment course and prognosis leads to these extremely understandable feelings. Being able to help normalize these feelings can help decrease the negative effect on the patient’s ability to cope and function. Self-isolation can be another unfortunate side effect of treatment. This can happen naturally as the patient’s lifestyle is changed by his/her surgery and recovery.

Staying away from social settings can be easier than facing feelings of self-consciousness about their altered appearance or that eating or communicating is not the same. The greater incidence of extreme fatigue can also be a factor in becoming more isolated. Depleted energy and the increased need for sleep can naturally lead to this. Another contributing factor is less obvious but very important and it is financial stress. Treatment and rehabilitation is long and costly and further constrains an already stressed family dynamic. The highs and lows of emotions and physical changes can be like a roller coaster ride, thrilling, but not exactly in a good way!


As time passes and recovery progresses, the anxiety and stress decrease. A good support system can help relieve stressors as well. Especially for the laryngectomy patient, support from family and friends and peer support can provide the unconditional acceptance and understanding that is so important in recovery. Peer support provides the practical and personal "been there, done that" advice that can reduce the fear of the unknown and provide a positive incentive to new patients.

Since head and neck cancers are less than 5% of the cancers diagnosed, finding a support network in the community can be challenging. The Internet, of course, has made access to on-line support groups and information generally easier to find and join in. Other good resources for information and support are Social Workers. Social Work Counselors lead support groups and also provide one on one counseling. They can be found in private practice or within hospitals.


It is important for patients and the professionals that care for them keep all aspects of recovery in mind throughout the entire journey of a laryngectomy patient. Balance, perspective and support are the key to making each day better than the last.

 

 

 

 

 

Seen Better Days


I have just spent the last two weeks battling something my pulmonologist said was likely bronchitis but we agreed that “undetermined lung crud” was probably just as accurate. When I finally was able to drag myself into his office he chided me for not invoking his 100 degree rule. Any temperature over 100 degrees, call the office and he will prescribe an antibiotic first, ask questions later. With temps that spiked to 103 over the weekend that probably would have been helpful. Fever dreams are really weird. Thankfully I have a whole arsenal of breathing meds, so as I lay on the couch, under a mountain of quilts to combat the chills , hooked up to my nebulizer, listening to the extraordinary range of snap, crackle and pops produced by my breathing, I marveled that one could feel so miserable and not be at death’s door. I knew I was pretty sick, but I was also pretty sure I wasn’t in imminent danger.


Once, when my son checked on me as I was starting to recover, I told him, I couldn’t believe I could feel so crummy and still say I was feeling better. This bug knocked the stuffing out of me, that’s for sure. Puttering around the kitchen last night, actually thinking about cooking a real meal, I remembered something I read years ago by Mark Twain.


Only he who has seen better days and lives to see better days again, knows their value.


Ain’t that the truth! Time and time again I have marveled at the resiliency of the human body and spirit. We are witness to that every day, not just here on WW, in the lary community, but in the wider world where people battle natural disasters, terrible wars and oppression, grinding poverty and terrible disease. Out of all of that horror, what keeps us from going mad with despair are the stories we hear about hope and courage and determination to see “better days again”.


Battling a nasty virus is pretty small potatoes compared to that or to facing a new cancer diagnosis or life-changing surgery. But it woke me up and made me appreciate, anew, the beauty of simple daily life. Three days ago, taking a shower left me weak, wracked with coughs and fearful as with each wheezing breath my airways tightened . Today I went to the grocery store and carried all my bags back up a flight of stairs. I was winded and wheezing, but I recovered pretty quickly. A small victory, but a victory nevertheless.


Most of us do not have grand cinematic victories, at least not on a regular basis! We have to settle for the small but significant. Like the first time a lary speaks in a new voice or the first time he goes out with the old crowd. The first time a lary and her spouse go to the IAL and walk into a room full of folks just like themselves and realize they are not alone. The first time you make up a “song” about the bad roads in Maine “bumpity-bumpity-bump” as you drive your grand-daughter home and she laughs and cries delightedly, “ Sing it again, Nana!” and you realize even a Servox can make music.


It is no small irony that our better days can only be appreciated if we have known the worst days. And apparently we need to have some bad times on a fairly regular basis otherwise it is just so easy for us to get complacent when times are good. Complacency is the bane of all our better days.


So as you slog through another bad spell, think of it as just sharpening your appreciation for the better days to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Question of the Month

 

What foods do you enjoy eating and tasting since your surgery? Has this changed?

 


Angelique Erickson, San Antonio, Texas - Sep 2010

I am so glad this topic came up. Just the other day, for the first time in who knows how long. . .I ate a whole caesar salad, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. Really demonstrated how far into the recovery of my natural eating habits I've come since surgery. To say I am pleased, is an under statement. (Smile)

 


 

Jim Fohey, Oscoda MI - Oct 1994

My life changed forever when I became a laryngectomee. At that time, I owned a restaurant and was the head chef. We made everything from scratch and to order, so if you ordered seafood fettuccine Alfredo, we made the Alfredo sauce to order. Now, making sauces and other things, like soups, I have to be able to taste in order to be sure the flavors have melded. Upon my return to the kitchen, nothing tasted as I have remembered which creates a big problem in my business. I had to have others that worked with me taste stuff I had made to be sure it tasted as it should. After a couple of years, a lot of my taste came back though I wondered if it was back or had I just moved on and now it tasted the way it did to me and different to some one else? Who knows? The important thing was that the customers said everything was as it always had been, or better. As a chef, you can’t ask for anything more than that. Now, 2012, most everything tastes great, except chocolate. I never did get back my complete taste for it. It just doesn’t taste as good as it did. But that is OK. I am here and that is what is important to me, not the taste of chocolate.

 


 

Libby Fitzgerald, Sherman, CT - 1998
Cancer survivor since 1993

Since my surgery, I can no longer eat anything peppery hot or I get a major coughing fit. I really enjoy chili, but can only fix a mild version with some sour cream on the side to calm down the heat. Over the years, I've lost a lot of weight, unintentionally, so I eat anything and everything to take in more calories.

Strawberry shortcake anyone?




 

Linda Palucci, FL - 2002

At first my surgeon told me to avoid eating salads. But that was only a few weeks if I remember correctly. I really enjoy soup, but I always did. I can eat just about anything. I want to, I never really liked spicy, salty foods, now I like them even less. And it seems to me that restaurants are spicing the heck out of the food these days.

 


 

Pam OLeary, Epping, NH -  August 2011

Radiation, prior to laryngectomy, was October through December 2010. It has been a challenge eating. A significant improvement since my 3 month checkup after the surgery. A problem occurred when apparently my TEP valve was too big and sticking out the other side. I had to constantly was everything down with water. I could not swallow pills.

One of my favorite foods is Apple Squares from the cafeteria at work. The perfect combination of taste and moisture. The other perfect combination was the Cranberry Bliss bar at Starbucks, but alas, they have discontinued that. I rely on mixed foods; chicken casserole with a soup mix with the chicken and the chicken is cut-up finely. I can eat steak in small quantites and small pieces. Fish is always a good choice; it is the right level of moisture. Salads with chicken wings for the protein. I tend to rely on protein drinks - Svelte Chai flavor is a good mix of calories, protein and vitamins. I have found my diet has dwindled and still wonder what works and what does not work.

I've developed pain recently; the doctor says my nerves are waking up. As a result, taking ibuprophen throughout the day. Pills that I normally could swallow all of a sudden get caught in my throat ... to the point where I cannot even drink water. I finally remembered the method to cough it up. So, I guess my point is that it is still challenging and new, never quite sure what will or will not work.



 

Bernie Manski - 2010

THE BIGGEST THING I MISS IS COFFEE. Still can not get a good taste. Never had rad or kemo. Most of the things I eat taste more when reheated and, boy, does that taste good. The best thing was Lake Erie perch. It is finally coming around so I can taste it again. If you never had Perch or Walleye off the lake, it is better than lobster.

But the primerib is what I really loved. Still can't get the full flavor. So you Larys out there, don't fret. Everything will get better in time. Like it has been said, nothing comes right away and we prove to ourselves, we can do it. Our caregivers do their job so we have to, too. this is my 1st time im doing this. I hope it is OK. Without this site we would be nowhere. Thanks everybody for all your help. God be with you.

 


 

Mohan Raj, Bangalore, India - Mar 2010

No change. Food habits have slowly come back to be the same as before surgery.

 


 

Len Hynds, Ashford, Kent, England ( Speechless Poet) - June 2004

Before my operation, I really enjoyed food and would never say no to any new delight and flavour. However, since my operation, when complete re-plumbing was done, I found that my 'gullet' would only accept much smaller pieces of food and, with meat, the chewing had to be constant for minutes at a time So much so that I now rarely eat meat as such, and poultry has mostly taken over. As I now cook for myself and knowing the importance of fresh vegetables, I suppose my favourite dish now is a casserole. It suddenly becomes like an old fashioned stew, with all the ingredients, If only I could smell it. It always tastes delicious, especially when there is a foot of snow outside.

 


 

Dick Strauss, Elk Grove Village, IL - 2007

Since becoming a lary, most foods taste about the same to me; however, that doesn't discourage me from trying all kinds of food. I'm particularly drawn to Mexican/Spanish dishes. I like well seasoned, spicy creations. My sense of smell doesn't add much to the food experience so it's just eat and be done with it. As a widower, I prepare most of my meals. What gives me great joy is having my lady friend join me for dinner.

I'm a big walker out of doors and can tell you whenever I'm near Krispy Kremes plant, I can smell doughnuts cooking. Same with diesel engine vehicles and cigarette smoke, all stinks.

 


 

Mike Cohn, Wheeling, IL - Oct 2010

After my chemo & radiation in 2007, most of the things I ate had very muted tastes. After a few more months things began tasting like they used to, although even now my taste buds are not where they used to be. What I missed most was peanut butter and peanuts. It took a few years of healing, or whatever, but about a year ago the taste came back to me. Now I enjoy it a couple times a week, just like I used to.

 



Gayle Garriott - 2003

I have found I don't like meat at all but eat fish and sometimes chicken. Catsup and lemon have a completely different taste than I remember. Kind of acidic.

 


 

Aaron Futterman - Dec 2010

Frankly "speaking," I was glad to be able to eat anything I could swallow in the weeks following my surgery. As I healed, I was able to enjoy almost all my favorite food and drink, especially the morning cup of coffee. I probably eat more yogurt than ever before and that's a good thing. I know with the loss of smell, not all foods taste as good as they used to, but seasoning helps. Hope all of you are able to cope and adjust, as most of us have....not a bad deal after all.

 


 

Lynn Foti, Akron, OH - 2009

After my laryngectomy, I had to have an esophageal reconstruction. (a new esophagus was created from skin from my inner forearm, a vein, and an artery). I was not allowed to have even a tiny sip of water for nearly 7 months. I am half Sicilian, and we thrive around food, cooking, eating, and socializing. All of my nutrution came through a peg tube. I even dreamed about eating.. lol. When the doctor was sure I could drink again, I drank vast quanities of water, and for some strange reason, chocolate milk! I guess my sweet tooth kicked in big time. Several weeks later, I was told to try a little food, and had some chicken rice soup. And lo and behold, the rice got stuck in my esophagus! I had a heck of a time getting it out, but finally was able to do it. Needless to say, I had to have my throat stretched several times before I could eat real food. Even now, I have to be very careful and take small bites, and chew thoroughly. I am scheduled for one more dilation in May, and then should be good. I enjoy my spicy Italian food the most. Love chili, and hot mexican dishes. And still have my sweet tooth in high gear. It is so good to be able to eat again! It is something most of us have never thought about, but makes you a lot more considerate of someone who is in the position you were once in. In fact the whole experience has made me a lot more understanding of things others go through just to sustain life. What a world we live in! The miracles that can be done now by medical science! Awesome.


 

Steve Staton - 2007

This is one I couldn't pass up. I was born and raised on a farm, and meals were an event, Besides myself and my 5 siblings, were the hired hands. It was always bountiful, with chicken, porkchops, or beef, homemade bisquits and gravy, and home churned butter. We always had potatoes, and vegetables, that were canned from our own crops, and milk straight from the source. Eating is one of my favorite things.

Then the surgery. On the tube for 9 months. Then back to trying to develop an appetite. It did not go that well at first, I was disappointed to say the least. I couldn't eat any kind of meat. It all tasted spoiled, one bite, and I was gagging. Vegtable soups, and pasta without meat, fruits, and teas seemed like a dismal existence to me.

Several months after I was off the tube We went to my daughter's home where her husband decided he was going to put me back on the meat wagon. I think it was the first thing I had smelled since my surgery, mmmmmmmmmmmmm brisket on the smoker. Somehow, without warning, my tastebuds were resurrected. I'm back, and so is the flavor. I smoke meats for fun, and enjoyment, tri-tip roasts, picnic shoulders, ribs (beef, and pork), chickens, and hams. Along with homemade baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. Also, let's not forget grilling a good Ribeye steak, hard to beat.

All the flavor is back, along with the aroma, ahhhhhhhhhhh, life is good. It took a year or so, but eating is every bit as enjoyable as it was as a kid growing up on a farm. I hope all of you either enjoy the flavor or your meals as much as I do, if not now, I'm sure you will in the near future.

 



Jim Olcott, Bakersfield, CA - 2010

Prior to my surgery, I was a big meat eater and enjoyed all types of foods. For a period of about six months after surgery, my diet was somewhat regulated by the use of a feeding tube and then the slow healing of my esophagus, which had to be stretched. After that, I began slowly reintroducing normal food back into my diet. Today, I enjoy meat again but in much smaller quantities as it takes time to chew it sufficiently to swallow. I enjoy pastas with lots of sauce for the ease of swallowing and I love ice cream. Having had two sessions of radiation and the damage to the salivary glands, I lean towards the foods that have a lot of natural moisture. In any event, I have to consume a lot of water when I eat so I fill up fairly quickly. As a result, I am able to maintain my weight at a manageable level. I use to love popcorn but for some reason, I shy away from it thinking it might clog up my tep prothesis. Maybe someone can alleviate my concerns? Bottom line, I have returned to normal eating and am extremely greatful to be able to taste again even though my sense of taste is not as strong as it once was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part One may be found at http://webwhispers.org/news/feb2012.asp

 

May I Help You? - Part Two

TIME

Here’s a silly example: what if I handed you $1440.00 at 12:01 tomorrow morning and told you to spend it before midnight, or give it back to me? I expect a new sense of urgency would be the result. That's exactly what we need for three kinds of activity that account for most of the time we spend on this bright blue planet we call earth.

The first is Reflective activity. That is, the time we spend in study, planning, organizing and preparing for our productive activities. I think of it as the time a woodchopper spends in sharpening his ax, planning his work, and organizing his workspace. I often sail into some project or activity only to discover that I should have put a little more time into those reflective activities before I began.

The second is Productive activity. That is the time we invest in some activity from which we expect a reward or benefit. A world class time and efficiency expert said it just right when he said, "The work will always expand to fill the time available". I know this to be true because when I fail to set a time frame (start-stop deadlines) for a productive activity, I find that my "pace of play" is often pretty lackadaisical!

The third activity upon which we spend our time is incredibly important, but it seems to me that most folks let it get all jumbled up with "Reflective" or "Productive" activities most of the time and thus rob themselves of the benefits to be enjoyed from the time they invest in periods of "R&R". Rest and Relaxation or I could say Real Rest and Real Relaxation, because when we allow stuff to crowd in on the time we set aside for R&R it never provides us with the full recuperative effect we should demand of it!

Everyone is indeed different, but my pursuit of better time management involves three major areas of my life: (1) The things I must do. (2) The things I should do. (3) The things I would like to do. I work to do #1 better and faster, and #2 better and more often, because that work provides more time for #3.

You may have guessed by now that I put a lot of thought into better time management each year because TIME is my most limited resource. That brings me to the most unlimited resource we all possess and that is our ability to THINK about anything we choose to think about at any point in time and under any circumstance. I want to talk about thinking, but first, let me ask you about your favorite sport. Is it football? Or baseball? Or soccer? Or maybe boxing? Or maybe you don't have a favorite sport? OK, now let me ask you why? Why do you favor that sport, or no sport at all?

But wait, first let me ask you who you think will be our next President of the U.S.

That's enough! See what I mean? We're free to think about anything we choose, anytime we want to. And I plan to manage my thoughts a little better each month throughout this new year.

Next Month - THOUGHTS

Bob Keiningham
 

 

 

 


 

Keeping in with management



I have been thinking of the wonders of present day communication. It is a source of amazement to me, who was born in the age of semaphore and smoke signals, those days when one had time to think before sending a message. But everything today is instantly sent to the most obscure part of our planet, and it has been of inestimable value to people like us laryngectomees. Since I started writing for WhispersOnTheWeb in October 2009, I have made so many friends throughout the world, that I now regard it as a great family, with that special strength that a family gives.

I realise that our members encompass many religions, but god is god in any religion. I am not a regular church goer, although I have my own inner beliefs, and I do have two friends, both ladies as it happens, one the chaplain at my local hospital, and the other the priest at our parish church. I jokingly tell them that as they have an 'in' with top management, I expect them to put a good word in for me, when the time comes. I'm no fool !

So with a religious flavour, I have composed a " Thank you to god poem" ( Just in case) !


SEND TO: GOD dot COM


Every single evening,
as I'm lying in my bed,
This simple little prayer,
keeps running through my head.

God bless all my family,
wherever they may be,
keep them warm and safe from harm,
for they're so close to me.

And god,there is one more thing,
I wish that you might do.
Hope you don’t mind me asking,
please bless my computer, too.

You see, this little metal box,
holds more than odds and ends.
Inside those small compartments,
rest so many of my friends.

So when you update your heavenly list,
on your own great CD-ROM,
bless everyone who sends a prayer,
straight up to God dot Com.

 

 

 

 

 

Letters to the Editors

 

Bill Rose, 2009

Perth Western Australia

 

My wife and I met you in Kansas City last year. I am the Ossie from Perth Western Australia. I am sitting here in Perth in about 98 degrees Fahrenheit heat and reading the Feb WebWhispers newsletter!

Once again you and your team have excelled. The stories and the input from people from your membership are really great and inspiring. We are a bit different over here with no groups (the second Lary I ever saw was at the conference. I was blown away to see so many.), so WebWhispers has been a real lifeline for me and I read it all the time. I have been very lucky with the way things have gone with me. I am still employed and feel really well but I just admire the people, so much, who write in with their problems and their positive spirit in how they tackle the issues. They are fantastic.

As you would be aware, sometimes we all get a bit down but the Newsletters are always uplifting and just seem to make life better.

I must say, I really enjoyed the USA when we were there for the conference, we went via New Zealand, then to San Franscisco, Las Vegas to see Grand Canyon, then to Kansas City, for the IAL conference, on to Washington, DC, (which I really liked) then to NY, which was great. Next we went to Canada, to Toronto and train over to Vancouver then down the West coast by train to LA, flew to NZ and home.

In all, just over 7 weeks of travelling and enjoyed every minute of it, the irony is I probably wouldn't have done that if I did not have the Operation! Just goes to show there really are opportunities that can be made out of dire circumstances.

So you and your team keep up the good work!!

 


 

Debi Austin, Los Angeles 1992


I have been following the conversations on communication until I just wanted to sit and cry for the pain many of you are enduring. This is not easy, no matter how prepared we think we are. Not only are we dealing with the devastation of loss, emotional fear and physical pain, those are just the first few steps.

Many people on this group were talkers on many levels. You were out going, social, perhaps in the sales, teaching, guidence industry's. I know we have had a reverend, a politician, a policeman, teachers on every level, people that daily carried on chit chat and instructions to help other people lives, great or small. And now we can't help but see thundering silence in our near futures. Talk about being thrown in the spin cycle?

Very few people are happy with the sound of any mechanical voice when first heard. And yet some dream that they would have that option. Very few people produce clear sound first time out with a TEP. Those that do are awesome, but then they go home and work on the voice they want, now that they have one. I have never heard a laryngectomee say, "Oh I still sound the same as the first year." Just does not work that way. We progress because we know we can and are stubborn.

But getting past the sound, stay with me for a moment. Before, you chatted, you would sing your favorite lyrics, maybe sing to a child or read them a book. But at this stage you only speak the barest of answers. You do not indulge the person you are because of the change and the "appearance" of limits. When you work on speaking your mind, your voice will be amazingly fine, because you are back mentally, not just a voice! Speaking is not simply the sound of your voice but the heart and mind that makes those words important.

I am/was? an esophageal speaker, I have had to use my CooperRand for the past few months. I have never been shy, don't ask if you don't want my answer. I often speak publicly, with or without invitation. I read the note, the other day, from the gentleman that had problems with the sound of the instrument and the lack of response from people. I wanted to cry. Then my phone rang. Not someone I wanted to talk to. During the course of 5 minutes she asked something I thought deserved a foul answer but said something else instead. She said, "I can't understand you." For the first time in 19 years my immediatel response was, "That is really not my problem, is it?" For years, I repeated myself trying to give people the benefit of the doubt.

Because we often are faced with ill mannered people that see there is a situation and do little, if anything, to alter it, why do we have to step up? It is usually our money they are wanting for something. If so, this accomplishes a number of things, first it makes you feel good that you see yourself as a valuable person. Second, it teaches them that they are not the only people in the world and it can be done without negative baggage.

Mutual of Omaha has a commercial showing a lady of retirement age talking about this great opportunity to recycle herself. This WebWhispers group has been teaching that for many, many years. We have pros, non pros, poets, SLP's and medics of many levels but, most important, we have the lady or the guy across town that has done it and may be able to provide us with a short cut. Don't sell yourself short, get that helmet and skateboard out, take a cruise, there is an amazing world out there.

Debi


To all who enjoy the current issue, we have an index of previous issues for you to read at your leisure:

http://webwhispers.org/news/WotWIndex.asp

 

 

 

Welcome To Our New Members:

 

I would like to extend a "Warm Welcome" to our most recently accepted laryngectomees, caregivers, vendors, and professionals who have joined our WebWhispers community within this past month. There is a great wealth of knowledge and information to be accessed and obtained from our website, email lists, and newsletters. If ever there should be questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to submit them to us from the "Contacts" page of our website.

 

Thanks and best wishes to all,

 

Michael Csapo

VP Internet Activities

WebWhispers, Inc.

 
 

We welcome the 40 new members who joined us during February 2012:

 

Mark Britton
Lubbock, TX
Susan Britton - (Caregiver)
Wolfforth, TX
Donny Brooks
Lexington, SC
     
Patricia Brooks - (Caregiver)
Lexington, SC
Guy Castronovo
Bayside, NY
Joe Clemons
Argos, IN
     
Burgundy Davis - (Caregiver)
Seguin, TX
Maggie Davis
Seguin, TX
Gina Denton - (Caregiver)
Brandon, FL
     
Austin George
Dallas, TX
Ian Hayes
Manchester, UK
Mike Hillman
Newport Beach, CA
     
Melinda Hoover - (Caregiver)
Conway, AR
Willie Hoover
Conway, AR
Ann Hostetler- (Caregiver)
Henderson, TN
     
Emanuel Hostetler
Henderson, TN
Kris von Keisenberg
Whangarei, New Zealand
Tammy Von Keisenberg - (Caregiver)
Whangarei, New Zealand
     
Sue Koonce
Pontiac, MI
Lorne Koropatwas
Calgary, CAN
John Lavalsit
San Jose, CA
     
Birgitta Lilja - (Returning Member)
W. Palm Beach, FL
Sharman McKenna - (Caregiver)
San Jose, CA
Ralph Meyer
Wooster, OH
     
Roseda "Edie" Moffit - (Caregiver)
Lafayette, IN
Andrea Oliver - (Caregiver)
Marietta, GA
Jay Oliver
Marietta, GA
     
Mark Oliver - (Caregiver)
Marietta, GA
Ron Peterson
Woodstock, IL
Charles (Rick) Rickard
Crowley, TX
     
Joyce Rickard - (Caregiver)
Crowley, TX
Don Smith
Port Orchard, WA
Matthew Stevens - (SLP)
Idaho Falls, ID
     
Richard Soll
Colorado City, CO
Joyce Thrasher
Gadsden, AL
John Verlac
Tawas, City, MI
     
George Winge
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, CAN
Carole Wrabel
Olmsted Falls, OH
John Wrabel - (Caregiver)
Olmsted Falls, OH
     
Jon Zieber
Hilton Head Island, SC
   

 

 

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