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“Four years ago when I was usually on Saturday, there would be times where right before I would go to read, I would try to clear my throat and I would do it all of the time,” she says. “The producer at the time got in my ear and said, ‘Hey, I feel like maybe you should go to an ENT because you clear your throat more than normal.’ “
“I went to an ENT and they did a scope of my throat,” she continues. “And sure enough, there was this polyp on my vocal cord. She gave me a steroid and then I started going to a vocal therapist a couple of times a week I did all the vocal therapy, went back and it was gone. It had gone away or at least gone down. I thought I was kind of able to keep it at bay.”
However, Jones admits that within the past eight months she’s noticed a change in her voice and knew “in her gut” that it was back.
“I went back to the ENT and sure enough, it was in that same spot, which leads us to believe it never went away, it just kind of went down,” she explains. “For the last four or five months I’ve been going to vocal therapy, sometimes up to twice a week, literally working to try to take the hoarseness out of my voice to see if it’ll go away on its own. Surgery was kind of my last resort.”
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“Less is more,” Jones says of trying to explain to her children why she won’t be able to talk. “I’m learning. I was trying to sit down, I showed my daughter a picture, it’s too much.”
“They’re very aware what I’m dealing with, but I don’t even think they understand,” Jones, who will be spending a week alone in a hotel after the procedure, adds. “Opposed to scaring, I think I’ll just, and honestly, who knows, maybe I’ll get to the hotel and go home and see them for a little bit and then leave. You’re catching me at a time where, which is real life, which is, I’m just not sure how I’m going to do it.”
Despite the lingering fear of the unknown, Jones says she’s more than ready to move forward.
“I am taking my life back,” she says. “I hope we can talk six weeks from now and I hope I sound amazing.”
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