"I'm a singer-songwriter. In 2011, my eyes were flung open to the necessity of hope. I had been singing publicly for a while, then, one day, I lost the ability to use my voice well. It was a singer’s nightmare. The doctors did not have a cure for it. One of the doctors diagnosed it as Spasmodic Dysphonia.
Months went by and the condition did not seem to improve. I struggled with everyday tasks like carrying out a normal conversation, making my order in a noisy hawker centre, being heard in a work meeting.
I believe I can recover, but while I'm on the journey to recovery, I know I'm not alone. I found companionship in friends who have also been suffering. One of them had contracted tongue cancer and needed to learn how to speak again after her operation. We communicated amidst our vocal disabilities. Another opened up to me about her years of struggle with an illness that affected her ability to speak publicly. There was also a friend who had battled a similar speech impediment and eventually recovered. She told me not to give up hope… and there are a lot more stories I’d like to tell you another time.
We made up our minds to fight our predators with an undying vision of hope, beauty, faith, love, a rainbow and a smile. We decided to celebrate the good stuff that come out of overcoming adversities and to spread that hope to others who think they are alone.
In the midst of my struggle, I found some true friends who refused to let me give up hope.
I wrote the song ‘Devoted’ for one of them on her wedding day. Recorded it after multiple tries, because of the vocal spasms.
This project gives us that platform to celebrate hope. Welcome on board!"
— Crystal Goh
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