resources and support
for people with
vocal fold paralysis




Suddenly Silent

In the movie The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, Ariel the mermaid offers her voice in exchange for a chance to experience true love as a human being. It turns out to be a good trade. Disney lets her get her man and regain her voice. Even in the darker, more serious original story, she misses out on the prince but becomes a sort of guardian angel, doing good and living for centuries... not a bad deal, all in all.

The Little Mermaid chose to give up her voice. I didn’t.

If you’ve found this website, you or someone you care about probably has a vocal disability or disorder like mine. It wasn’t voluntary, or planned, or expected. Your life, like mine, has been profoundly changed. And maybe, like me, when you decided to reach out to other people facing the same challenge, you found very little in the way of support.

That’s why this site exists. I know there are thousands of us coping with vocal fold paralysis, or similar conditions, and I want us to have a way to talk with each other. No one should suffer in silence; not when there are so many of us out there.

You’ll find useful tools here. There are links to other sites, information about how the vocal cords work (or don’t), and a few things your doctors can’t (or won’t) tell you. Most importantly, there are places to post your comments and read what others have to say.

You’ll find my story, and a place to share yours.