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Welcome to Vocal Disorders Connect!

  • Greetings! This site is a forum for connecting and supporting people with various vocal disorders. We also welcome family/friends/supporters of those who deal with the disorders and professionals who provide treatment and/or research in these areas.

Our History

Our social network was started by Andrea Hardaway in August 2008. Andrea’s mother has been struggling with Spasmodic Dysphonia for over 11 years. Andrea has seen the daily struggles her mother endures as a result of SD and is willing to do anything to help her and others who deal with voice-related problems.

Andrea hopes her gift of motivation, networking, and bringing people together will provide a powerful shift in the daily experiences of those affected by vocal disorders.

NOTE: This site is not at all affiliated with any formal organization, doctor, or pharmaceutical company. While representatives from these various sectors may be represented as members on this site, their opinions and views are their own. You should always use precaution and check with your physician before trying any sort of treatment.

Vocal Disorders Connect is intended to be a place of motivation, support, and knowledge sharing.

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  • Caroline
    Caroline Hi All,

    I listened to some of the presentations from Vocal Unity and found them very informative, Thank you Andrea for organizing.  
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    • Wed at 8:55 AM
  • Caroline
    Caroline has added a new profile photo.
    • Wed at 8:36 AM
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  • terri
    terriChris Amend: Hey, Chris. Read you had the medialization surgery. My story is, I had a virus infection and was put on a 7-day steroid course. After that, my voice slowly disappeared. MRI revealed paralyzed left vc. Whether due to the virus, I don't know. No one seems t...  more
    • April 22
    • terri
      Chris Amend Hi Terri, Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. I had vocal cord medialization performed on my right vocal cord in August 2016 at Mass General Voice Center in Boston. They are supposed to be one of the best. I live in Seattle, so I made a long trip...  more
      • Tue at 12:55 AM
    • terri
      terri Thanks, Chris. Your story got cut off, but it just reaffirms my decision NOT to go through this procedure. If a fine hospital such as Mass General didn't help, I just feel the decision to not undergo the surgery is the right one. Not like I'm a professional singer.
      • Wed at 10:58 AM
  • Andrea Hardaway
    Andrea Hardaway Vocal Unity is coming to an end.  It's been a long week that seemed to go by way too quickly (ha ha... it that makes any sense).  We hope many of you were able to participate! 
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    • April 21
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  • Gig
    Gig I did register for the summit, Andrea.
    • March 31
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  • Gig
    Gig Hi, its been 7 years now and I still haven't found out anything that helps me. This has really destroyed my life, socially and mentally. I have seen many of the top doctors from John Hopkins, Bringham Women's, and also Dr. Peek Woo and not one of them has...  more
    • March 30
    • Gig
      Andrea Hardaway Gig - I am so sorry to hear this. You are definitely NOT forgotten. are you going to be participating in the online summit,

      I am hoping something one of the speakers says will be able to help!

      How can I provide more emotional/mental support?
    • Gig
      Gig There is really nothing to do, I am dealing with it as best that I can, as a matter of fact, what was once depression is now just an annoyance plus depression.
    • Gig
      Andrea Hardaway :-( I am so sorry. I am glad you registered for the summit. We have a couple of sessions that I would love for you to hear. They may not change your situation but they could help with the emotional and psychological side.

      Wishing you better (MUCH B...  more
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