About 14 years ago, I got a bad cold, and my voice became hoarse.
At the time I didn’t think much about it. But my voice never fully
recovered. So I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with left vocal
cord paralysis. This is a nerve problem that causes your left
vocal cord to not move properly. Despite extensive examination,
the doctors never identified a cause — though there was
speculation of virus-based damage from my cold. It is quite common
in cases like these that a definitive cause is not found. […]
Fast forward to last summer, when the same pattern repeated
itself — a cold followed by a hoarse voice. Once again things
didn’t fully improve, so I went in for a check-up and was told
that my second vocal cord now had limited movement as well.
Again, after a thorough examination, the doctors weren’t able to
identify a cause.