Vanessa Perumal on losing her voice to save her life

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Doctors discovered that Vanessa Perumal had chondrosarcoma and had to perform an emergency total laryngectomy in less than a week.
Doctors discovered that Vanessa Perumal had chondrosarcoma and had to perform an emergency total laryngectomy in less than a week.
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She had it all – a mom of two, a hugely successful career in communications and a beautiful home in Craighall Park.

She lived a healthy life, eating well and exercising regularly, so nothing prepared Vanessa Perumal for the day she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that would deprive her of her voice.

Things took a turn when the 54-year-old business owner contracted a fever in March. It was at the beginning of lockdown and she started feeling like she had the flu. Her symptoms were similar to swine flu and bronchitis.

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