Hosted across the UK by Atos Medical
They are called ‘MyVoice’ events because it's all about you and your needs. At the same time, it’s a great opportunity to get to know other people living with a total laryngectomy in your area.
At these events, peer-to-peer experiences are shared and exchanged. It’s nice to know that other people share the same concerns and aspirations as you or are going through similar challenges. Throughout the year Atos organise events to help bring the laryngectomy community together.
These events are typically for small groups, so you can meet with your local Atos Medical representative and get to know others in a more relaxed setting. The agenda is largely driven by the topics you want covered.
Travelling near and far
Winter is over and spring is just around the corner. Soon, it will be warmer – and a lot greener – outside. So maybe it’s time to start planning for spring and summer activities? In these events we focus on planning for a trip – near or far
Learn about Nadine Llopis, France, she had her laryngectomy and she has been visiting a number of countries, including far off destinations, such as Namibia, Vietnam and Madagascar.
”Travelling has always been important to me. I was basically working just so I could travel. I feared that the laryngectomy would put an end to it; would I ever be able to go anywhere again? But little by little, I realised that of course you can travel. Today, I don’t think much about the obstacles, I think about where I want to go.”
Nadine’s travel tips
Whether you are taking a short trip out of town or you are planning a holiday abroad, we have gathered a number of useful tips that might help you plan for your next trip.
Join a local MyVoice event to find out how the things you can do to prepare for the journey and for unforeseen challenges.
Our tips when preparing for travelling
Speech and Language Therapist, Allana Kelley talks through some of the things to think about when preparing for travel after you have had a total laryngectomy.
Community care and support
The theme of this event is about your community of support around you. We will focus on how you and your caregiver were affected after the laryngectomy surgery and the different resources that are available to support you.
Caring can mean many things, including being a good listener, helping with personal care, providing transport or assisting with everyday chores.
Learn about Denise and Kieth, they had to support each other after Kieth came home from hospital to adjust to life after surgery and over come the new challenges that they faced.
”We had to work out a new routine. It’s a big learning curve but you learn to adapt together”
How to help a loved one before and after surgery
Inform them that a laryngectomee is a total neck breather and that the voice box has been removed
Consider using gestures, creating a speech menu, or practice lip reading
Pick a category and practice guessing what is being said
Download apps or programs on your loved ones phone, tablet or laptop
As always, the event will be a great networking opportunity where you can meet others with a total laryngectomy in your area. You will also meet your local product specialist who can answer questions specific to your needs.