Three Years Ago

2013 National Summit on Female Genital Mutilation

This is a photo taken 3 years ago today of the last job I did before I discovered (the next day) that I had throat cancer.

I was immediately scheduled to have a biopsy and an unanticipated side effect of the surgery was the temporary loss of my voice.

So, within 2 or 3 days of this photo, I could not speak and had difficulty swallowing. I regained speech and swallowing, only to lose them again during the cancer treatment.

The honest truth is that the hardest part of the whole experience was the psychological shock of that first biopsy and loss of voice.

We know intellectually that everything can change overnight. But experiencing it is quite another matter.

I send my love to anyone reading this who has experienced a similar shock. And also my love to my wife Melissa who experienced this shock as well.

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