Speaking in front of a crowd has never been a problem for motivational speaker Bob Haase. But the usually talkative father was left speechless after finding out doctors would have to remove half his tongue and reconstruct it using tissue from his forearm.
The cancer he had been dealing with since 2008 suddenly forced Haase to practice what he preached to others numerous times before.
Through the long process and a slow recovery Haase started to use blogging as a way to speak to others again. He shared the hardships of chemo and radiation, losing his ability to taste, and learning to speak again. Each blog entry ended with a taste of his positive spirits. "I feel loved, thank you," he said into the camera.
During his recovery Haase encountered a frightening scare with sepsis and pneumonia, leaving his daughters worried they may lose him. But with positive spirits and a lot of motivation, Haase is now back to doing what he loves, speaking to others.
He may not be able to taste and his voice may sound a little funny, but Haase is motivated more than ever. "I'm alive. I'm happy. This is not the voice I would have chosen, but it's the voice I've been given," he said.
Watch the video above to hear Haase use his voice to motivate a group of marketers.
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