Cancer-stricken Ebert poses for Esquire magazine

Film critic Roger Ebert, who has lost the ability to speak due to cancer and has a disfigured face,

Ebert used special text-to-speech software as well as pen and paper to share his experiences and talk about a form of sign language he developed, where he traces letters with his finger on the palm of his hand, according to People magazine.

The 67-year-old also reportedly displayed a sense of humour saying to the interviewer 'what else can go wrong," when he described the multiple surgeries he underwent, including the surgical removal of his thyroid, salivary glands and parts of his jaw that left his face disfigured.