My sister has acid reflux. That means that acid from her stomach is coming up and burning her vocal cords. In retrospect, she can barely talk and this has been going on for three years. She is a singer. For three years she has not been able to sing, let alone talk normally.
At first, the doctors did not know what was wrong with her. A year later we figured it out. Now she has a vocal choach, and many other doctors and appointments she needs to go to.
Tomorrow she goes in for a surgery that will change her life around. They will be putting in a magnetic ring in the area where the stomach connects to the throat. This will close the flap to her stomach, ensuring that no more acid comes up to her cords anymore. It’s a simple, noninvasive surgery.
That doesn't make it less scary. So I'm hoping she makes it out of this okay and that maybe someday soon I can hear her sing again.