In June of 2017 I received a third opinion diagnosis of having a neurological condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia. Also known as laryngeal dystonia, it is a disorder in which the muscles that generate a person's voice go into periods of spasm.
After three rounds of botox injections to my throat, my last one being November 2017, in March of 2018 I regained my ability to speak without spasms and my speaking has normalized. I am also very happy to say that I can also now sing again.
It’s all so many things, last year I was told by my neurologist and doctors I would not regain my singing voice let alone speak with normalcy due to having SD. But now I can.
This new beginning is indeed a true blessing and one I do not take for granted.
It was an intense journey to say the least. I go to bed and wake up grateful everyday.
Some of the things I did to heal:
Last Fall I attended a dystonia support group and met such beautiful and brave people.
Weekly Reiki sessions from September through May with Reiki Master Steve Nunley of Portland, OR along with EMDR therapy with my therapist, Dr. Chuck Weisser, who provided enormous help to me. Along with the love and support of dear friends, family and the thoughts and prayers of so many. I am forever thankful.
It took me a bit to realize that I was grieving, not only for what I thought was the loss of my "voice" but realizing my father's life was soon coming to an end.
After three years of battling cancer he passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 12, 2018. That same morning is when I regained the ability to speak clearly again. I don't know the miracle of why but I am grateful each and every day.
I am thankful each and every day to be on the other side and this new beginning.
For more information on Spasmodic Dysphonia here is the link: National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association
Love and peace to us all.