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 [...]
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 [...]
“911, please state your emergency….”
“Susan, call 911, your father is having a heart attack, HURRY”! Having picked up the phone then clumsily pressing each number cautiously, the bile was rising in my throat from the sheer fear and panic of how my voice would sound when the 911 operator finally answered the call. With [...]
The First Few Moments (Part 2 of 2)
Part Two | If case you missed it.... Part 1 It was a miraculously beautiful late summer’s day in uptown Manhattan the day I found out I was wrongly diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia. Having been granted the opportunity to meet with one of the east coast’s foremost authorities on voice [...]
The First Few Moments (Part 1 of 2)
Part One Even though the onset of my voice disorder was in November of 2008 it took some time for the actual diagnosis to be made. My ability to speak was steadily declining without explanation while each doctor gave their best guess as to what was actually was wrong with [...]
I’m not SICK, I have a VOCAL DISORDER!!!!
"I get so tired of people thinking I am sick. I am a pretty private person, but should I just tell people I have a voice disorder?" - Anonymous The simple fact is, many people are not aware vocal disorders exist. So, it's probably no surprise that chronic limited or [...]
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