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burg Kegister-Mdil, Galesburg, III. Overcoming Cancer: Job, Insurance Problems for Victor By JOHN HENRY JONES Ray Disinger began having irouUe With his throat in ttie winter of 19B3 ..M first; it was just hoarseness. "I did ft lot of talking in my business and I had been smok* ing 12 to 14 cigars a day for Last In a Series years," said Disinger who was a Los Angeles automobile dealer. "Then my voice began disappearing for three of four hours at &> time and t became really alarmed." Disiftger's physician refer' red him to the Medical Center at U.C.L.A. "It took them a couple of minutes to discover 1 had cancer of the larynx," he recalls. , Two days later Disinger had surgery. It saved his life but cost him his only trained means of livelihood — his voice. "AFTER THE diagnosis and surgery, I had to sell my busi- Because of Annual Inventory Halpern's Store Hours: Thursday, Aug. 2nd Only 12 Noon to 5 P.M. AFTER INVENTORY SALE Will Commence When Doors Open ness. The insurability of a cancer patient was just about zero then. It still is. To be in business for myself, 1 need* ed credit. And to get credit, I heeded life and health insurance. AH my insurance was John Henry Jones is a silence writer with the American Cancer Society. cancelled when I had my surgery. They just returned my checks," he said. But he launched a determined program for what was to be his most difficult selling assignment — himself. First he began to learn esophageal speech in Los Angeles. This is the method by which a laryngectomee (a person whose voice box has been surgically removed) reproduces speech by breaithing through a neck opening called a stoma. UNDER THE GUIDANCE of Dr. James C. Shanks, a speech pathology professor at the University of Indiana, whom he met at an International Association of Laryn gectomees meeting, Disinger became conversationally fluent. But there were more Obstacles. "When I applied for jobs," Disinger says, "I was turned down flat as soon as the company's medical director* saw the opening in my neck." Finally, after four years of trying, a small electronics firm hired Disinger in 1968 to write management systems. From there he went to the Pacific Telephone Co. as a communications consultant improving their line of equipment, for handicapped persons. DISINGER, NOW 52, has also organized a "self-help" program for Pacific Telephone in which he counsels groups of disabled people on overthrowing their handicaps. "While in a few isolated instances understanding is in- Biased Juror EUREKA, Calif. (UP!) Asked if he was biased, a prospective juror told Judge Thomas Montgomery: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1 "I don't know 1973 5 if it's an exemption or not, but neither of the attorneys look very trustworthy to me." The judge dismissed him. He Won Battle Learning to talk again was the first, but not the last, hurdle Ray Disinger had to face after his larynx was removed. NEA creasing," according to Disinger, "insurability and employment are still the major problems facing all cancer patients." Disinger, who is one of 1,500,000 people who have been cured of cancer, credits the American Cancer Society's seven warning signals with saving a lot of lives. "If you have any of the signals, especially the one about hoarseness or cough, have it checked out thoroughly," he urges. ANYWHERE IN U.SA. RANDELL'S BUS SERVICE GALESBURG, ILLINOIS Announces . . . o New Addition GM4905 Bus for Charter • Air Conditioned • Air Rid. • Resiroom Equipped • Si.rto Tap. • FM Radio • Reclining S.alt • Public Addr.lt SyiV.m For Charter Reservation Coll (Collect) 309-343-9235 Nights Phone 342-4345 You can trust Osco Drug for low prices on all your Pharmacy needs. Ad Good Thru Sat. 8-4-73 OSCO IS REMODELING! Cleaning Up For YOU, Our VIP Customers! 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