2-Year Update – June 17, 1997 (received)
Dear Dr. Cooper,
I thought I would write and tell you about my progress since I left the U.S. You can add my letter to your already thick file of testimonials.
Six months ago I could not speak for more than a few seconds without experiencing pain in my throat, jaw and the base of my tongue. Now I am teaching English six hours a day, with only occasional discomfort in my mandible and soft palate. And there is no comparison between the discomfort I sometimes experience now and the real pain I had before. When I come to see you in February, it hurt to talk, eat, and sometimes just to breath. Even walking had become painful, with pain often shooting from the top of my head to the base of my tongue when I took a step. I also had occasionally severe sinus pain. Today, however, even the discomfort I spoke of is mild and manageable if I simply do the 'Direct Voice Rehabilitation' exercises daily. When I say 'hmmm...one..' the 'buzz words' and 'sentences for too low a pitch' for 15 minutes a day, I have little problem with pain or discomfort. When I concentrate on breathing properly, I have even less. And although I sometimes used to apply a hot compress to relieve the pain in my mandible (I don't need this anymore), I haven't needed to use gargles, sore throat medicine, tea with lemon, acupuncture, tranquilizers, biofeedback, psychotherapy or any of the other remedies that were recommended to me by friends, family, physical therapists and physicians.
I don't want to sound melodramatic, nor do I want to 'elongate your ego' (see 'sentences for too low a pitch'), but it wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration to say that your Direct Voice Rehabilitation saved my life. The pain I had six months ago, along with my resulting inability to work, speak, or even eat or walk comfortably, had put me into despair. I'd come to feel that there was no hope, and was trying to resign myself to the prospect of living the rest of my life as semi-invalid, unable to speak, work, socialize or walk normally (the pain was often that bad). How else could I feel when doctors, dentists, physical therapists and finally a psychotherapist had not been able to offer any significant relief? But now I'm living 10,000 miles from home, working, teaching, socializing, traveling and, two nights ago, even singing Chinese songs at a party!
Thanks again and best wishes.
Dear Dr. Cooper,
I see you have moved to Kentucky .
I read on your website that you were approaching retirement, so I wanted to thank you for the help you gave me almost fifteen years ago in Los Angeles. Although the several months of voice rehabilitation were often difficult and sometimes frustrating , I have fond memories of that time and the chats that we had.
Before I went to your office for Direct Voice Rehabilitation, I constantly had a sore throat and had been forced to quit my teaching job.
I can't say that I haven't had any problems since, but the fact is that with your help I went from being unable to speak for more than a few minutes without pain to being able to teach up to thirty hours a week ! And when I have had a problem it's usually been because I've done exactly what you told me not to do, i.e., lower my pitch and speak from the lower throat.
I still struggle a bit when I have a cold , but if I don't force the voice and if I continue to do the voice exercises you showed me my voice gets back to normal within a day or two.
So thanks again. Without your help, I'm not sure I would ever have been able to get rid of the throat pain and neck tension I was experiencing, and I would certainly never have been able to teach again.