The ORANGE COUNTY LOST CHORD CLUB (OCLCC)
Is a support group for laryngectomees (and all individuals with related/similar problems), their spouses and family members, caregivers, and concerned health care professionals. The OCLCC is dedicated to the total rehabilitation of all laryngectomees, and operates on many levels to achieve that goal. With multiple approaches we have a greater chance for success.
What is a Laryngectomee?
A laryngectomee is anyone who has had their larynx, or voice box, removed surgically, usually due to cancer. This surgery is called a laryngectomy, and leaves the patient without a voice. Loss of voice reflects the number one need for laryngectomee rehabilitation, but not by any means the only need.
Meetings are held weekly and offer encouragement and support on a group basis. Meetings frequently include educational presentations, and speech practice is always encouraged. During our meetings all members, new and experienced, are encouraged to take part. Members are often surprised to find just how much they have to offer.
In addition to our regular Monday morning meetings, on the second Tuesday of every month the OCLCC has a special evening meeting, (6:30-8:00PM). At these meetings a speech pathologist (SLP) is in attendance. (These dates are subject to change, but our goal remains one meeting with the SLP per month.) At these meetings, the speech pathologist can work with the attendees as a group, or she may give individual attention where it is most needed. She is knowledgeable in all forms of alaryngeal speech, and can help the laryngectomee no matter what method of speech is used.