Voice Loss: The Story of Father Michael Mondik

by Susan Hornak Is prayer spoken or is it felt? When the voice is absent how are prayers expressed? Voice loss presents itself for many different reasons. In this case voice loss was the quiet warning signal that announced a greater challenge was yet to come. As a 26 year old young man Michael Mondik […]

How I Regained Voice and Confidence through Byzantine Chant

Byzanite Chant by Susan Reagan and Deacon Mark Koscinski What voice have I to share with the world; to express needs and wants, to bestow compliments and kindness, to ask of others how may I understand? A little over 6 years ago I experienced the sudden onset and eventual decline of my ability to speak. […]

POEM: Nuance of Voice

Subtle raises up or down give the listener a clue of how to interpret the sound. Prolonged exasperation of one word can change the meaning from banal to profound. Voice in its full range of verbal expression conveys joy, love, heart ache and depression. Nothing can come close to meeting its perfection in an attempt […]

Om or OMG! – A Story of Overcoming Botox Injection Anxiety

Approximately 6 years ago my life was changed forever with the onset of a rare neurological condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia (also known as, “SD”).  People with SD have the sensation of being strangled when trying to speak; each word is a tremendous effort to produce.  The disorder comes in three varieties; abductor, adductor and mixed […]

4 Tips for Dating with a Vocal Disorder

“How do I look? Gosh, I hope he likes me! Wonder if I have bad breath, let me check…..whew, all good!! Maybe I should change my outfit? I am just not going! What if we have nothing to say? Ugh! I hate dating.“ You guessed it, add a vocal disorder to the mix and the […]