When the person with a voice disorder is trying to live a (so to speak) normal life, he/she is definitely experiencing some difficulties in communication with others; nevertheless, at their work place and even in their family lives. They are usually very frustrated with their voice which is not, by far, sounding the same as before. They are also not very well understood and are, quite often, being asked several times to repeat or to reiterate what they were trying to say. That makes those people with voice disorders understandably very irritable and overall, very emotional. They feel like they are handicapped (in a manner of speaking), and understandably so.
A lot of those people have lost hope with respect of living their normal lives ever again. Some of them are even trying to pretend that everything is per normal and they are claiming that it does not affect their emotions and their everyday living. They are "troopers", of course, but they are still in denial. And finally, there are those who want to fight to the end and, to their credit, are looking for salvation of their vocal problem(s) until they find it.
So for those still with voice disorders, the best is, hopefully, yet to come.