Prine Grateful For Voice Following Throat Cancer
Country musician John Prine was ecstatic to learn throat cancer would not spell the end of his career, following extensive surgery on his neck and tongue.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter has been healthy for over seven years, but never takes his voice for granted.
The 59-year-old star recalls the start of his recovery: "Afterwards, I couldn't sing at first. I wasn't talking in a whisper, but I couldn't project at all. It was a slow process.
"They also found an initial point of cancer at the base of my tongue, smaller than the head of a pin. They removed that and hit a couple of nerves, so I had to have speech therapy.
"I knew (my voice) was going to be different, but I asked the radiologist if he'd ever really heard me sing. I said, 'If I can talk I can sing. I wouldn't worry about changing the timbre of my voice'.
"To come out the other side and still do what I do for a living, it's really a gift."