How I Learned to Trust My Voice After I Lost It

When my physical voice failed, I had to learn that I deserve to be heard

Sarah Stankorb
Human Parts
Published in
16 min readMay 4, 2021

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The voice box is a pink, slick mass through which air blows. It’s an alien with a toothless smile. When its folds, the vocal cords, work properly, they press together as we speak, mirroring humming lips. Air slips through the cords. They quake and can vibrate up…

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Sarah Stankorb
Human Parts

Sarah Stankorb has published with The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Glamour, O, and The Atlantic (among others). @sarahstankorb www.sarahstankorb.com