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

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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…