Friday, March 22, 2019

Throat Cancer Case Study; Medical Treatments Left The Patient With Hardly Any Voice!

This case is about Michael F from the United Kingdom:
He suffered from paralyzed vocal cords due to throat cancer.

Michael was diagnosed with throat cancer and, due to that, he had undergone numerous sessions of chemotherapy and well as radiation treatments. In the end, he ended up with one vocal cord fully paralyzed and the other one completely damaged (fully non-functional). His speaking voice was totally unclear and had a very high soprano tone.

Obviously, the condition of his vocal cords was beyond repair; however, by employing the Vocal Science™ technique, his voice got rechannelled to a different set of muscles (facial cavities) which allowed him to speak much louder and much clearer.

His voice also acquired some bass on the bottom, which was supporting the actual lift off of his vocal box and off of his vocal cords. Clearly, there was a huge improvement, as Michael was taught to employ his facial muscles (natural amplifier/resonator) in conjunction and coordination with his abdominal muscles.
A couple of months later, he emailed us and told us that he went for a checkup to his ENT doctor as well as his speech therapist; and that, on a video screen, he had seen that his paralyzed vocal cord was actually moving...!

You may wonder, my reader, if Michael came to his full recovery...?

Positively not, but he was much better understood, his voice did not sound like a high soprano anymore, and thus, his confidence soared to the sky and "to the Moon".

The wholesome mechanism, which was instilled in him, began to work in its fullest capacity possible, also allowing his breathing to be more intact, along with the support of the abdominal muscles. Michael's voice was now structured and fully placed in his facial cavities, and thus he was able to project his voice to its aimed destination, while concurrently giving his vocal anatomy the needed rest while also removing the harmful pressure from his vocal box in general.

So, as you can already presume, not every voice repair case can be fully cured. But be assured that I would employ my absolute best efforts, extensive experience and expertise to bring one's damaged voice to its absolute maximum functional capacity.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

You got Diagnosed with Sulcus Vocalis… Now What?

The first question you have to ask yourself is:
How did you end up with such a nasty diagnosis?

You may ask yourself: What have I been doing wrong with respect to my speaking or my singing voice for that matter?

Analyzing the above while looking for the answer, you may remember that you had a bad cold or virus… At that time, your voice got quite compromised and it became raspy and hoarse. You, meanwhile, were trying to clear your throat quite hard and pushed and pulled your voice (also quite hard) to make it clearer and louder…

By doing all of those things, you no doubt strained your vocal cords, and are now have been experiencing the consequences of such actions. In the end, you ended up with pain in your throat, with an even more raspy and hoarse voice and, in some cases, perhaps with breathing difficulties. By the way, the latter may bring you to the next undesirable diagnosis - you may acquire asthma-like symptoms… God forbid.

To get to all of the above, you perhaps used your voice/vocal technique incorrectly to begin with. Moreover, when you got that bad cold and/or laryngitis (as a result of the latter), yet again trying to bring your speaking and/or singing voice up to par, you had pushed and pulled your voice above its limits - and it resulted in strained vocal cords - to the point of them not coming back together in synchronicity; and thus, not properly closing… That (what’s in the medical terminology) is called Sulcus Vocalis.

Now let’s examine what’s available for treatment (and possibly cure) in the medical field:

The doctors have been offering their patients to surgically instil some kind of an artificial device on the vocal cord(s). Some of the patients were offered such procedures like injecting their own fat tissue (to be extracted from other parts of their body) and instill it on one of the compromised vocal cords - assuring the patient that it would help to treat and, even possibly cure, such disorders as Sulcus Vocalis. As our extensive experience shows - none of the above was ever even remotely effective.

To give you an example:

In the past, one of our US clients who agreed for both procedures - the fat which had been extracted from his stomach and placed on one of his vocal cords, and then (when the fat dissolved within two months) he was offered the artificial device to be placed on the same vocal cord.

Chris was an aspiring musician and singer who just got a record deal - (That was his life-long dream). During his recording (from his own words), “My voice just ‘popped’ ”. The young and very talented singer had his career in jeopardy. Therefore, he was ready to undergo any medical procedure to restore his voice and continue his music journey. Both his speaking and singing voice were quite compromised. The device which was instilled on his vocal cord had gotten it completely paralyzed… How sad is that? Within only 10 hours, when he came to us, I was able to practically fully restore his speaking voice.

However, his singing voice would require multiple hours; and even then, I would not be able to guarantee that Chris’s singing voice would be fully restored… Very unfortunate indeed! I am pretty sure though that if he came to me before undergoing those useless medical procedures, he would have more chances to have his singing voice restored as well. Needless to say, his vocal condition back then was, unfortunately, at the point of no return.

So, given the above, our recommendation to you, my reader, would be to try everything possible non-surgically before you give in to any medical/surgical interventions.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Vocal Cord Damage Acquired during Open Heart Surgery…?

Case Study:

This story is about Vera D of Barrie Ontario, whose vocal cords got damaged during her open heart surgery… Vera came to us in the year 2015 when she hardly could speak, and mostly was whispering.

She told us her story whereas before coming for our non-surgical voice repair services, she had undergone open heart surgery, after the completion of which, she fell in a life-and-death coma. It took over 45 minutes to revive her. Thank God, luckily for her, she survived the ordeal.

But when she woke up, she discovered that she had no voice to speak. It clearly was damaged due to intubation and, perhaps, some other internal surgical procedures related to the main cause. She was told that she would never regain her normal speaking voice ever again. She underwent some very painful and useless tests that revealed that her vocal cord damage was permanent. On this note, she was offered not one, but two vocal operations with absolutely no guarantee that her voice will ever return back to normal. Also, Vera (before and after the operation) had some family problems which, nevertheless, threw her emotions out of balance. The above also did not help her with maintaining and then regaining her voice, as her thyroid was also compromised…

In fact, in holistic teaching, the thyroid represents suppressed emotions. It also holds all hurtful memories and frustrations… So all and all, Vera’s situation was not the greatest. It took officially 30 (+ some more) hours for consoling her heart and nurturing her soul, along with restoration of her speaking voice.

Needless to say, Vera's successful voice recovery could be accounted for, minimum to say, 95%.
Please read the testimonial below:

"I came from having habits of straining my vocal cords and being very breathy and very frustrated to the point that I couldn't even talk. Nothing came out.
And now you've taught me to take the strain away from my throat; to talk more on the cheek level, so that it's not strained as much. And you taught me to raise my voice in that way and I think I have made a lot of progress.
It was really hard work. It's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do and I see the progress, Diana. Thank you so much!" - Vera

Nonetheless, with the majority of voice repair clients, there are some relapses and setback moments are usually present throughout the process of voice restoration. So it is definitely not an easy process and requires some patience (from both sides), dedication and a solid commitment to the treatment and to the recovery of one’s voice. By our extensive experience, we know that the majority of voice repair clients possess a lot of fear and insecurity…

The above is quite understandable, as many of those people had tried nearly everything; but, unfortunately, to no avail. So the Vocal Science™ method and its very unique voice/vocal technique is usually the last destination for our clients.

We, in fact, in the near future, are expecting a client with a Spasmodic Dysphonia diagnosis. She will be coming to us from New Zealand. When she first contacted us, she wrote: “I have already tried everything the world had to offer. So you are now my last hope…”

We certainly hope so and will employ our absolute best efforts (as per usual) to return all of our voice repair clients back to their normal lives and better…!