Season
1
Episode
5

Vocal Cord Paralysis

December 2, 2019

In This Episode

Imagine waking up in the morning, kissing your partner goodbye, and then finding yourself in the intensive care unit a couple of hours later after a series of strokes. Claire Hughes is a classically trained singer who found herself in this unfortunate situation 5 years ago. She ended up with deficits on both sides of her body, which included paralysis of her right vocal cord. She worked tirelessly in the hospital and rehab to re-learn how to do basic things: feed herself, walk, tie her shoes etc. Her voice was airy and light after the stroke and with the help of a Speech & Language Pathologist she was able to get her full speaking voice back. The same cannot be said for her singing voice even after over four years.

Claire takes us on her journey of pain & suffering, perseverance, exploration with her voice poststroke and shows us all that moments are fleeting. Take the good & the bad together and find a way to see joy in your life again.

The B.E. F.A.S.T. guideline helps you remember that timely treatment is the key to saving someone’s life or quality of life.

B – Balance: Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination?

E – Eyes: Is the person having a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing

F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

My Guest

Claire Hughes

Claire Hughes