A woman named Julia went to the hospital for routine thyroid surgery. Unfortunately, as the surgeon was working, he severed one of her vocal cords with his scalpel. When she awoke from the anesthesia, Julia’s voice had been reduced to a painful whisper.
Attempts at rehabilitation failed. She wondered if she would ever speak freely and normally again.
A year later, Julia found herself on an operating table once again. This time, a different doctor obtained a good result, and Julia regained her voice.
This doctor warned her, however, to take it easy for 10 days until he was sure her vocal cords were healed and her voice would stay strong; but Julia had other ideas. She decided that if there were any possibility her voice might disappear again, she was going to make the most of the time she had. So she started using her newfound voice as if there was no tomorrow.