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As regular readers of my blog already know, about three years ago, out of the blue, I got an exotic voice problem called spasmodic dysphonia. I couldn't speak above a whisper for a year. Then one day, while practicing a nursery rhyme with my stepson, my voice suddenly returned to a functional level. Unfortunately, as is typical with spasmodic dysphonia, my voice only worked well in quiet, unstressful environments, and the world is not a quiet or unstressful place. I couldn't, for example, order a pizza over the telephone and expect the person on the other end to understand me. So for most of the last few years I have been the ghost in the room, listening and smiling, silently cursing my partial existence.

This week I underwent surgery that has a high likelihood of fixing the problem. The top surgeon on the planet for this procedure, Gerald Berke, M.D., at UCLA, opened my neck and rewired the nerve connections to my vocal cords. In three or four months, when the new nerve pathways regenerate, I should be able to speak again, in weak voice at first, and improving over the year.

So I find myself delirious today, for a number of reasons. I'm exhausted, and medicated, and most of all optimistic that the ghost in the room can get one more chance among the living.

Today is a good day.
 
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Jul 18, 2008
I'm so happy to hear the good news! I wish you a speedy and complete recovery. And give Sarah a hug for me!

April (from ARF)
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Good for you Scott! Hope everything goes well.
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Great! Wishes for a speedy...thing.

I saw ppl give out great ideas for a new voice box like darth vader or barry white or clay aiken (if you contest in american idol, i'll be sure to watch it :))

But why oh why didn't you have that electronic speech generator like Dr. Stephen Hawking ? That would be so cool. Endless source of humor.

Anyway..good to see you back, posting and please post more funny/wierd posts
 
 
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Jul 18, 2008
Best wishes on a full and speedy recovery!
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Good Luck with recovery Scott. Feel Better.
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Best of luck with that Scott!

Today I will overuse my voice in honor of you and to the dismay of my neighbors.
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Good luck, Scott!

What causes spasmodic dysphonia and how do I give it to my girlfriend?
 
 
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Jul 18, 2008
Oh, would pray for your health if i believed in some Christ, Allah, Dseus or Thor.

Now - just most sincere wishes to get your voice back.

And I would like to join 'webar' in inquiring - so, the theraphy you underwent did not help for long?

Get better!
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
I wish you the best of luck and a successful recovery Mr Adams. Thanks for all the great entertainment over the years!
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Good luck, Scott..... Hope to hear you roar soon enough !
 
 
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Jul 18, 2008
Hopefully your new voice comes in as it should be, and not like Darth Vader or Bobcat Goldwaith.

Hey, maybe if you're lucky it'll regenerate like Barry White, and you'll be able to give your wife sexual gratification just by speaking to her!

Here's hoping.
 
 
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Jul 18, 2008
Sometimes I forget to mention my appreciation for people, in plain words. Today, I probably will not, so I just almost did. Scott, I think you will recover, because you can. You are just one of those people. Trust me, you are.
 
 
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Jul 18, 2008
Congratulations!! Best wishes on your convalescence. You'll be back among us loudmouths in no time! (OK, a year isn't "no time," but I think you get the idea.)

---chris
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
This is great news. Best of luck and a speedy recovery to you.
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
great news scott,
best of luck, we will pray for ur recovery..
god bless
 
 
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Jul 18, 2008
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

But I'm wondering whatever happened to the physical therapy that you were doing last year? You were so positive when you got back from therapy camp.

:-)
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Best of luck for a speedy recovery and a successful outcome!
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Hi Scott, I wish you all best in your recovery and hope that you will continue blogging about the experience. For me, today is a good day too. Recently diagnosed with SD, I'm trying my best to manage the good periods with the bad. For someone who enjoys talking to people freely, the down periods are really tough. I'm hopeful that there will be some medical breakthroughs in the not too distant future and appreciate you sharing your thoughts and results.
 
 
Jul 18, 2008
Sending you best wishes for a speedy recovery. Stay delirious and optimistic, even after the medication and exhaustion wear off.
 
 
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Jul 18, 2008
Good luck to you! and my empathy to you. Hope you will regain the voice.
In a way you're lucky that the problem doesnt prevent you from drawing cartoon.
 
 
 
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