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Faces of Hope

Stories featuring Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center patients' strength and courage as they battled and conquered cancer.
Steve Wiemeyer

Steve Wiemeyer

Laryngeal Cancer Survivor

"I've chosen to grow from this," says Steve Wiemeyer, who found a new, unexpected purpose in life after undergoing a total laryngectomy, the surgical removal of his voice box, to survive a rare cancer of the larynx.

Deftly using a prosthetic device to speak, Steve counsels others dealing with a similar diagnosis, sharing his great faith, insight and strength. Steve describes the loss of his natural voice as life-changing, much like losing a dear friend.

Help in easing the journey comes from his faith, family and friends, including head and neck surgeon William Lydiatt, MD, also a cancer survivor. Preparing to celebrate five years of survivorship, Steve says, "You can be bitter or better. God wants us to be better, so that's what I choose."