Friday, April 15, 2016

T+5 Years: Still Going Strong!

I just recently passed the 5 year anniversary of my SLAD/R surgery with Dr. Berke and his team, and more than 3 years since my last update.

I've been meaning to post an update these past few years, but I just never managed to get around to it. That's partly because I've been busy: we moved back to the US from China, bought a house, started (a couple of) new jobs, etc.  But it's also because I just don't think much about spasmodic dysphonia any more.  And that's because I don't have to.

My voice has remained strong, clear and most of all reliable.  I no longer worry about it misbehaving at the wrong moment, or giving out on me when I need it.  Along with this gift has come an unexpected bonus: a reduction in stress that I don't think I noticed I used to have.

For those of you wondering about the long term effect of SLAD/R surgery, here's a recording from this morning:



6 comments:

  1. You sound awesome! Do you have any pre audio? I've had ADSD since 1994 and botox was a lifesaver but I am considering surgery.

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    1. Hi Gena - The "pre" audio sample is in the earliest post on my blog: http://www.spasmodicdysphoniasurgery.com/2011/01/t-3-saturday-jan-29-2011.html

      Best regards,

      Erik

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  2. You sound awesome! Do you have any pre audio? I've had ADSD since 1994 and botox was a lifesaver but I am considering surgery.

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  3. I also had the surgery about 5 years ago . I can't recommend it highly enough. Botox was inconsistent and unpredictable. Voice therapy was useless. My social and professional life was in ruins. This procedure allowed me to live a normal life again.

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  4. Thank you so much for posting your journey. It has been tremendously helpful for me to hear your stages of change.

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