I am a cancer survivor of larynx cancer. In 2010, I was diagnosed and underwent 6 weeks of radiation therapy. Unfortunately, the cancer came back and in 2012, I had a laryngectomy and the implant of a TEP to allow me to talk. Later that year, I started having eating problems as I developed scar tissue and inflammation which narrowed my esophagus. I ended up having 2 operations in 2013 to try to correct the situation.
While I am able to eat, it is often with alot of difficulty and necessitates going for esophageal dilations every 6 weeks.
From an employment standpoint, the problem is, when my esophagus periodically narrows, it affects my voice as not enough air goes thru my TEP (trans-esophageal prosthesis). I am able to work effectively with the extensive use of e-mail and I do have a text to speech program on my laptop at work. In person, I am more understandable, but phone conversations can be difficult.
I am a Property Manager in New York City, managing a large co-op apartment complex.
I have 27 year experience in property management with a bachelors in economics and a master of public administration degree.
So, my questions are, what careers might be suitable for someone like me with a voice disability? How can I transfer my skills and experience to a different field? Or, if I stay in my profession, how can I better get out there given my difficulty in phone conversation?
FYI - I am physically strong - I can bike ride 50 miles, I play volleyball, I go out dancing every weekend, I do alot of walking, etc.