Voice Box Cyst

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Hoarseness started last January 2 of this year. I thought it was just due to the flu I had. In spite of what I was feeling, I decided to go to work then. It was my first day of work for 2013. After my shift, I went directly to the hospital and was diagnosed to have severe asthma attack. It wasn’t just upper respiratory tract infection but I had bronchial asthma in acute exacerbation, too. I was advised to rest for 2-3 days.

A day before my supposed “fit to work”, I went back to Maxicare’s physician at Medical City for a follow up check- up. I was told that asthma was contained due to salbutamol but roughness in my voice is still there. Since I work in a call center, I will not be able to stand a day of calls while my voice is in that state. I was advised by the same doctor to have voice rest for 2 more days.

I decided to visit a family medicine doctor nearby and who diagnosed that I have acute laryngitis. The following day, I went to see my ENT who confirmed that I do have acute laryngitis. I was given medication and was advised to have complete voice rest for 3 days.

I went back to his clinic last January 14, and I asked if I can go to work already in spite of my voice. My ENT doctor was reluctant in allowing me. He said that if I really wanted to go to work, then I should talk in a low tone, slow paced, rest in between and should drink a lot of water. I sent a text message to my boss that I will just rest for another day. That I will report to work the following day; which was Wednesday. My boss has always been kind and considerate.

I reported to work on January 16. I went first to our company clinic for assessment and presented my medical certificates. I didn’t realize that I had a fever then. The company nurse gave me paracetamol for fever. And, they actually sent me home.

On the same day, I had a check-up with Dr. Jarin. He requested me to undergo a certain test. In the said procedure, my larynx will be videoed to actually see what is going on. He gave me another medical certificate which I sent to my boss through email. Recommendation: Indefinite voice rest. :(

The said procedure was scheduled on Friday (January 18) of the same week. The night before, I was praying to God, hoping for the best. I am already tormented about my salary. My payables are greater than my salary. :( I asked God for healing and hopefully I can go to work soon. I need to go to work already; I have a lot of obligations to attend to.

The procedure took about 15-20 minutes. The result; the right side of my larynx (voice box) has a cyst. I saw the video and the actual picture and it is very prominent. The recommendation is for me to undergo micro laryngeal surgery to remove the cyst. The other option is, for me not to talk for a long long time. If the cyst will not be removed soon, it might get worst. The doctor said that the only thing affected by the said cyst is my voice (which I used for work). I am afraid that if I undergo the surgery, I may not be able to sing anymore. My doctor said that I can still sing but not very soon. He said that it may take months for me to sing again. He also said that I will not be allowed to talk for a week after the surgery. And, then another week or two for complete recovery. He set my expectation that my voice will not go back to normal yet for my larynx will still be healing. :( I was told that the cyst doesn’t look like it is cancerous. However, a biopsy may be required to be sure.

I cried and cried after learning about it. I also asked God why it is happening. The cyst could have grown on different part of my body. But, of all the places, why did it grow on my voice box? I am not even a smoker. I drink alcohol occasionally. In fact, 3-4 times a year only. I am really scared. I prayed and prayed. Pray and pray. And, still praying.

I prayed to God and accepted what is happening to me. I thanked Him because, the difficulty that I am going through right now, draw me closer to Him.

I decided to undergo the surgery. I am scared but I know that God is there for me. I remember the strength that my Ninang Cher has shown against her illness. I remember my daughter’s bravery when she got hospitalized. I remember the courage of all the people I see in the hospital whose cases might have been worst than mine. They are my inspiration. And, I believe that there is nothing that I cannot do as long I have God in my heart.

The procedure is called Micro laryngeal surgery. I will be under general anaesthesia. It is scheduled on January 25 at 7 o’clock in the morning.

I believe that God knows about my worries. It’s amazing that the stories I read on “Angels. Miracles and Answered Prayers” make me feel secure about God’s love for me. I know that everything is going to be fine. I believe that I will recover soon. I will get well soon. I will be able to take calls again and may get irritated again (just like kuya ron said, “Irita”) LOL! I will be singing again. I will be enjoying videoke sessions with my friends again. And hopefully, I will be singing songs of praise again.. :)

God bless us all!

5 Responses to “Voice Box Cyst”

  1. joyce Says:

    annette, hope everything goes well! how you handle the whole situation is inspiring! godbless! :)

  2. Acel tobias Says:

    Hi , I have the same case. I will be having my surgery Tom at TMC same doctor. How are you today?

  3. Anjannette Says:

    Hi Acel!

    I’m fine. Dr. Jarin is very good. His wife happens to be my daughter’s dermatologist. I will pray for your quick recovery. Don’t worry you won’t feel anything. It’s just that you will not be allowed to speak for a week. :)

  4. Anjannette Says:

    Hi Joyce! How are you?? I feel better now. I am still experiencing occasional hoarseness but I was able to get through it.. take care and hope to hear from you again. God bless!

  5. Anjannette Says:

    Hi Acel! How are you? I was at Dr. Jarin’s clinic the other day for a check up. I hope you’re fine. God bless!

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