Do You Have a Story to Share?
Have you faced the task of finding a speech-language pathologist who
is a swallowing specialist to treat a swallowing problem for yourself or
Would you like to share your story on this website, the home of Board Certified Specialists in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S)?
The website is available to you and other consumers who are seeking an
expert to evaluate and treat their swallowing disorder.
Your story will help emphasize the need for evaluation and treatment
by an EXPERT! Your story could change or even save someone else's life!
Interested? Need more information?
Talk with your speech-language pathologist today! Your speech-language pathologist can contact Karen Schneider (
firstname.lastname@example.org) and arrange for you to receive a release form and work out the details of getting your story and publishing it on the website.
Consumer Story: Carol Shoaff, ABSSD Consumer Board member
As the result of a thermal damage from a car fire, Parkinson’s, a stroke
and non-usage, my mother, Joan, lost her ability to swallow food safely
for two very long years. She had lost some of her health due to the
severity of the accident but to add to her suffering, this Food Network
addict had to watch the eating world from afar. Months turned into
years. Her ENT kept on saying, "Come back in a couple of months."
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Consumer Story: Bentley's Story
story begins well before he was born. Pre-term labor and placenta
previa complicated our pregnancy from early in the second trimester.
With the assistance of a cocktail of medications we were able to
carry Bentley to 36 weeks. At 36 weeks, I delivered what seemed to be
a perfectly healthy baby boy. He weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces and
was 19 inches long. His nuchal cord was the only real trouble and it
was not really much trouble because they were on top of it during
delivery. His APGAR scores were 8 and 9 and despite all the extra
care nurses in our room, he was doing really well for being 4 weeks
early. We were warned that 36 weekers "ride the fence” and this
has often been the case for him, but not immediately after birth, he
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Consumer Story: The Journey of an SLP mom
By: Donna Edwards
TBI, CVA -not a thought or diagnosis I had associated with my healthy, athletic, active 12 year old son. "Get here as fast as you can, but we can’t promise he’ll still be here when you get here.” My heart stopped beating as I began to comprehend what I had just heard. "We cut off his orthodontics for imaging.” "If he survives 72 hours, he will live.” "We can’t risk a craniotomy.” I was told he must have hit his head as he fell when the ‘spontaneous hemorrhage’ occurred.
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