Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine has written recently about his experiences in joining a laryngectomee support group.
At the end of the article he states: Helping others and making a difference helps me cope with my own handicap and overcome the hardships I face.
His experiences in many ways mirror my own. After my surgery I eventually returned to work having coped well in my rehabilitation. A few years later, after taking early retirement I finally attended a support group meeting. Like Professor Brook, I gained so much and have continued to benefit from sharing experiences with so many others around the UK.