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.

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…!