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MyVoice community events

Hosted across the UK by Atos Medical

Every month Atos Medical hosts local community events all over the world. 

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.

Current event theme:

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

  • Flight letter from your doctor
  • Your clinician’s phone number
  • At least one extra voice prosthesis and voice prosthesis plug that will allow you to eat and drink if you have leakage
  • Contact information on hospitals where you can have your voice prosthesis changed
  • Travel insurance
  • Prescription in English or local language
  • Electrolarynx
  • Torch + spare batteries
  • Mirror
  • Wipes and cleaning towels
  • Emergency Card in English and local language

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.

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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.

Upcoming event theme:

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

  • Contact your local emergency services

     Inform them that a laryngectomee is a total neck breather and that the voice box has been removed

  • Find new ways to communicate before coming home from hospital

     Consider using gestures, creating a speech menu, or practice lip reading

  • If an Electrolarynx is being used it can take time and training from both of you

    Pick a category and practice guessing what is being said 

  • Make the most of technology available

    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.

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