This 2011 TED-Talk featuring film critic Roger Ebert offers inspiration that speaks for itself. A popular television personality, Ebert was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2002 and later salivary gland cancer. In 2006, Ebert suffered life-threatening complications after jaw surgery to remove more cancerous tissue.
The trauma left Ebert permanently unable to ever vocalize speech again. Undaunted, Ebert adopted a computerized voice system to communicate, eventually using a copy of his own voice created from archives of his previous TV and radio recordings. Ebert lost his ability to speak; but he did not lose his voice! Whenever, I get down about losing my hearing, I fetch myself up because of awesome stories like this one.
Roger Ebert died on April 4 2013, at the age of 70, ending his 11-year battle with cancer. May his timeless voice continue to resonate with all of us.
I have also included a link to the transcript for the benefit of my friends who are deaf and hard of hearing.