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Experience: I was born without a tongue

Dec 2nd, 2017 by

What’s kissing like without a tongue? Well, I like to kiss and I’ve been told I’m a good kisser, so…

There are only 11 documented cases of congenital aglossia in the world, so I’m in a pretty exclusive club. Despite being born without a tongue, I can speak and swallow and taste just like anyone else. I have the base of the tongue and the muscle on the floor of my mouth, which I can move up and down, but other than that, there’s nothing there at all.

Not all people with this condition are lucky enough to be able to talk. The base of the tongue doesn’t reach the roof of my mouth, but I use the inside of my cheeks, my lips, my teeth and the floor of my mouth. Nobody ever sat me down and told me how to make the sound B or D; I thought everyone talked the way I do. A lot of it has to do with not missing what you never had.

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