In high school, Terrie was a pretty cheerleader who competed on the cheer circuit. Her father was a smoker, and with more and more of her friends smoking, Terrie soon found herself lighting up in social settings. She would come to smoke up to two packs a day.
In 2001, at the age of 40, Terrie Hall was diagnosed with oral cancer, and later that same year, with throat cancer. Doctors informed her that they would need to remove her larynx. It was then that she quit smoking for good.
Today at 51, Terrie speaks with the aid of an electrolarynx. She continues to battle cancer.
Source: CDC: Tips From Former Smokers, Real Stories