Woman Who's Had Surgery More Than 300 Times to Treat Rare Disease Says It's Like Brushing Her Teeth

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For Morgan Toll, surgery has become par for the course. 

The 28-year-old actress and teacher based in Maryland has actually been dealing with hoarseness all her life due to a rare disease called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP). The disorder leads to recurrent growths in the region of her vocal cords.

Unfortunately, the growths can only be removed surgically, meaning that over the years Toll has gone under the knife more than 300 times. 

"Surgery to me is like brushing your teeth — it's so natural I don't feel scared," she told Inside Edition. 

In 2014, she had her vocal cords removed to make it easier for her to breathe, but still the growths keep coming back. 

So how does she talk without vocal cords?

"As long as there's something in the throat that can vibrate, it makes a sound you can form into language," Dr. Simon Best, an otolaryngologist at Johns Hopkins Voice Center, told Inside Edition. "Morgan is vibrating the tissue above her vocal cords known as the false vocal cords."

And though Toll is often asked whether she'd like a tea with lemon and honey by waiters, she'll never give up on her dream of becoming an actress.

“I play a lot of strong, villain-ish female leads,” Toll previously told InsideEdition.com. “I use my voice to that advantage as well because I have that deep, raspy voice.”


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