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An SLP with ACC

“I’m sorry, but you have cancer.”

With those six jarring words, my life was suddenly divided into two stark contrasts: B.C. (before cancer) and A.C. (after cancer).  While on the phone with my otolaryngologist, who had just operated on me the day before, I fumbled for a piece of paper and a pen to write down the diagnosis. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. I remember asking him to spell it. “A-D-E-N-O-I-D-C-Y-S-T-I-C.” A type of salivary gland cancer seemingly arising from my sinus cavity.

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I Can Sing! Who Knew?!

By John E. Ready

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Growing up in the Sixties, I could croon, not well, but I still gave it my best. My aspirations consisted of singing along to the Beatles, Smokey Robinson and the Temptations, mostly in private. No need to scare people. I never dreamed that one day I would be known as one of the best singers in the world without vocal cords.

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“Traveling Space Available” (III)



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The Shaking Man (A Prose Poem), Part 1

The Shaking Man (A Prose Poem), Part 1

By Reinfred Addo

(For Terri Beamer Shelor and Karen Gaines–incredible instructors, mentors, and speech-language pathologists)

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NUTRAPHAGIA: Dignity and Joy through Food

[Note from the editor: Nutraphagia is an NFOSD Sponsor of National Dysphagia Awareness Month.  All Corporate Sponsors and Partners are supporters of dysphagia awareness, education, and innovation, and their participation is not an endorsement by the NFOSD or its members.]

Written by Tia Bagan, MS, CCC-SLP

I still remember the purple lilies she brought with her. “Thank you so much for helping me learn to eat again,” the woman said, handing the bouquet to her speech pathologist, Paulette Wood, MS, CCC-SLP. I was 17 and Paulette, a family friend, had invited me to shadow her at the hospital. continue reading →