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Two accomplishments today:
1) I ordered a Grande Soy Mocha and did not have to repeat myself. The Barista got it the first time. (The reason this is an accomplishment is that I have had my vocal cords removed and talk by esophageal speech.)

2) I ate peanut butter. (The reason that this is an accomplishment is that my esophagus is severely restricted.) Actually I did not have any trouble with peanut butter. I guess the accomplishment was getting up enough nerve to try it.

To newcomers: You see what small actions become big things in our lives. Rick.

CivilMatt's picture
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If cancer has taught me anything it is that little things can matter, but speaking without vocal cords sounds huge to me.

Keep moving forward.


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Congratulations. Again, I gather strength from people like you. You are one tuff dude.

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Congrats Rick! this is a big deal, small deal with many but big deal for everyone here.

so happy for you.


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That is totally awesome....

The drink sounds really, and peanut butter in itself has tons of good stuff for you.

I'm sure you're going to have a lot of new accomplishments upcoming...

Keep the fight,

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The smallest things can always amount to the biggest things for us. Glad you achieved this and feeling darn good about it!

Keep it going...


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Accomplishments are what helps keep us motivated to continue. I am glad you had a couple successes today.

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eating both of those things--you're a braver man than I am, gunga din.
not small at all--huge achievements!
carry on...

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As I'm sitting here eating (with difficulty) my English muffin with peanut butter I can't help but smile at your post. I'm so happy for you because peanut butter is one of my favorites but boy is it a tough one for me! As far as the ordering your coffee, I can semi relate to that as well. Only on a slight level. My SCC was vocal cord Stage IV. I've had many many excisions and biopsies (11 total) on my cords and then of course rads and chemo. What I'm left with is a very raspy voice and many people can't hear me when I walk up to a counter and order. Noisy places are bad, drive thrus are almost impossible and those darn automated phone systems are the worst....."I'm sorry but your response couldn't be heard".......ugh!

Good for you for having such a great day of success, keep up the good work.

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I agree any accomplishment is something to make a big deal out of. I remember when I had to give up ordering at drive thrus because they could not understand me, so one day I noticed on most ordering signs it said if you need special assistance please drive to the window for assistance, so I tried that and they still did not understand me, so Diane or whom ever was with me had to order. So now that I can order again it is worthy of an accomplishment after this lousy disease. So good for you and enjoy the peanut butter.

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I am so happy for you! Glad the peanut butter didn't let you down... So what's next on the list? :)

Congrats, Kari

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Haven't been on here for a while so happy for your milestone, enjoy bjw1955

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Pam M
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I remember being nervous about "straight" peanut butter (not in smoothie). Good job

Tim6003's picture
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Good news, glad you enjoyed it ...next is prime rib :) :) jk



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Tonsil Dad
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" One small step for man, One giant leap for RICK "

God bless
Tonsil dad,


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yes- small, but huge! Good for you!

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I like reading things like this because from time to time I struggle with exactly what you just overcame and get a good tip or too from your post.

This is where this journey gets to be the ultimate one to one iron man challenge, kind of like weightlifting. What is a battle to you, it the mountian you try to climb.

I expect to hear many more conquers as time goes forward.

All my best, congrats and Merry Christmas my friend.


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I know the frustration you feel when you talk, having a mom with the same problem...no vocal cords. This was a wonderful accomplishment.

I still can't do peanut butter...I put it in my mouth, and it turns into glue...LOL. Gotta have spit to do peanut butter.

No accomplishment is small in this business!!!

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