Growing up in the seventies, it seemed to Sharon like everyone smoked cigarettes. She was only 13 when she took her first puff. In no time, her casual smoking would turn into a full-blown and expensive addiction. She smoked heavily for 25 years.
In 1997, at just 37, Sharon noticed a large growth on her throat and was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer. She underwent radiation and several surgeries, and her larynx was removed. Today, at age 52, Sharon has been smoke-free for 14 years and speaks with the aid of an electrolarynx.
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