Sreve WiemeyerSteve 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."