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The Challenge of Dysphonia #47

From Andrea: This is the first time I’ve ever spoken about this online… or anywhere else, for that matter.

Why?

Because (a)it’s something most people know nothing about, (b)if you have never heard me speak before this, you wouldn’t know the difference that I hear on a moment-by-moment basis and lastly… (c)because it effects me at every level of my life… in other words, self-confidence, self-image and is in a word… embarrassing.

That last bit is the reason I felt it so important to actually (finally) do this video.  I’ve thought about for a long while and even recorded a few things… but never posted them.

If something is so embarrassing that I cannot even speak of it, and yet am reminded of it every time I speak! Than it’s time to talk about it.

For some odd reason, I thought that because I had the power to edit our videos any way I chose, that I could make sure-sure that the vocal issues I struggle with could be minimized so as not to be too intrusive.

That has not always been possible.

Some days we record what’s going on in our daily Trucking Life and my voice refuses to co-operate. This can turn into several days of nothing…

That’s not what I wanted for this channel. At the same time, I wanted interesting videos… honest… real. But I couldn’t be real if I kept pretending and cut out chunks of what was recorded because I didn’t like what my voice was up to that day.

It’s more than likely that I won’t post videos shot on bad vocal days. I don’t like listening to it, I think, who else would? And yet…

…I felt it important to make this video to talk about this issue.

Perhaps I am not alone in struggling with my voice. I’m quite sure I’m not, but don’t know anyone personally who deals with this on a daily basis.

So, here it is. The Challenge of Dysphonia of one person… who happens to drive a truck… as a husband/wife driving team.

I hope you find something useful in this video. And if you do know someone, or yourself struggle with any form of Dysphonia, please post a comment and tell me about it. I would like to hear…

Keep your shiny side UP!
Andrea

 

  1. Dysphonia is the medical term for disorders of the voice: an impairment in the ability to produce voice sounds using the vocal organs (it is distinct from dysarthria which signifies dysfunction in the muscles needed to produce speech). Thus, dysphonia is a phonation disorder.

 

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Andrea Steward

Andrea Steward

Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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3 Comments on The Challenge of Dysphonia #47

  1. Hi Andrea,

    I just finished watching your video about having dysphonia. My oldest sister has abductor spasmodic dysphonia. She has been getting injections of botulinum toxin into her vocal cord muscles for years. It is very hard for her to talk on the phone for very long and it is hard for me to understand her when she does. I live in Wisconsin and she is in Michigan so it really has impacted our ability to communicate.

    Let me just say that I have some understanding about what you are going through (not as much as my sister would) and how it is impacting your life. I find the fact that even with your voice difficulties you are posting these videos online very impressive.

    Betsy Morrow

    • Hi Betsy,

      I am just catching up on all the comments on the blog – which of course I am embarrassed have been left so long without reply. I apologize.

      Your comments here have touched me greatly. It’s so unusual to meet anyone who’s even heard of this and I have to tell you that doing the videos was a challenge to myself to climb up out of the pit the vocal issues presented to me for nearly two years… and rise above. I was beginning to feel that I’d simply just stop talking altogether there for awhile. Unbelievable that I could have reached that point. I sang professionally for most of my life and was a speaker as well… it took me down hard.

      But then, this whole trucking experience began.

      I am an artist to the core. That saved me… it saves me every day hehe…

      Please tell your sister never to give up. There’s more to learn about this. I am always looking.

      I have heard about the botox injections but couldn’t bring myself to it. There has to be more and I’m willing to find what it is. Thank you for sharing this post with me. It means a great deal to me. – Andrea

  2. Hello. Great video on your struggles and of your past. I don’t have nor know anyone with this same problem, just wanted to say “hats off to you” for sharing such a private matter. Seems you’ve come a long way and wishes for a full recovery ahead. Loved the music video too, someday would like to see more!!
    Take care and keep on a truck’n! Be safe driver.
    Liz

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