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This Voiceless Choir Shouts Loud At Cancer

Tuesday, May 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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Brent Crane

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A laryngectomy, the surgical removal of the voice box, creates tremendous difficulties for patients. Firstly, they lose their voice, that vital transmitter of one’s individuality and essence. The procedure also weakens their sense of taste, since they can no longer breathe through their nose. Swallowing, too, becomes difficult.

The psychological toll is severe. “The voice is so linked to your personality. If your voice suddenly changes, it has a huge impact on recognizing yourself, ” says Dr. Thomas Moors, an ear, neck and throat specialist based in London. Moors, 36, observed the mental anguish that the operation was inflicting on his patients–the loss of confidence, the move towards social isolation, the depression–and came up with an odd remedy. Moors, who in his native Belgium had been a choir boy, had always loved music. His childhood experience in the choir had instilled him with confidence and a sense of camaraderie. “From a very young age I was introduced to the power of music,” he said. He decided this was just what his patients needed.

 

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