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"Get my voice back": Kathy Griffin's intense pre-op drama

<p>Kathy Griffin has shared footage of her pre-operation appointment before she undergoes vocal cord surgery in an effort to save her voice.</p> <p>The American comedian took to TikTok to show fans the process of her surgeon sticking a camera scope up her nose and through to her vocal cord to get a clearer view of the damage.</p> <p>"First step is the numbing spray. Then the scope goes up the nose, down into the vocal cords!" she explained with captions.</p> <p>"As you can see, the left chord is paralyzed.”</p> <p>After she was instructed to make noises to test the cords, Griffin is seen following the doctor’s orders and watching her vocal cord movement on the screen.</p> <p>Griffin reflected post-operation in the same clip, with the 62-year-old lying in a recovery bed following the surgery.</p> <div><iframe title="tiktok embed" src="" width="340" height="700" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p>"I just had my latest surgery on my left vocal cord, because I want to be in good shape for my big Vegas show," she said.</p> <p>"This is just part of my recovery post-lung cancer surgery," she added. "I'm cancer-free, so anyway a little scratchy today, but I'll be in good shape.”</p> <p>"I so appreciate you guys following along on my journey to get my voice back after lung cancer,” Griffin captioned the video, also sharing it to her Instagram.</p> <p>Griffin had part of her lung removed in 2021 after being diagnosed with lung cancer and was in remission four months later.</p> <p>Her latest hospital visit comes after she revealed her diagnosis of “complex PTSD” in early 2023.</p> <p>Griffin shared her diagnosis in a TikTok in April, asking her followers for recommendations on how to cope with anxiety and depression.</p> <p>"Let's talk about PTSD. Never talked about it publicly," she said. "You can laugh or whatever, but I've been diagnosed with complex PTSD, and it's called an extreme case."</p> <p><em>Image credit: TikTok</em></p>


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Flow state, exercise and healthy ageing: 5 unexpected benefits of singing

<p>Singing with others feels amazing. Group singing <a href="">promotes social bonding</a> and has been <a href="">shown to</a> raise oxytocin (the “bonding hormone”) and decrease cortisol (the “stress hormone”).</p> <p>But it’s not just about singing in groups. There are many unexpected ways singing is good for you, even if you’re on your own.</p> <p>Singing is a free and accessible activity which can help us live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.</p> <p>And before you protest you are “<a href="">tone deaf</a>” and “can’t sing”, research shows <a href="">most people</a> can sing accurately in tune, so let’s warm up those voices and get singing.</p> <h2>1. Singing gets you in the zone</h2> <p>If you’ve ever lost track of time while doing something slightly challenging but enjoyable, you’ve likely experienced <a href="">the flow state</a>. Some people refer to this feeling as being “in the zone”.</p> <p>According to <a href="">positive psychology</a>, flow, or deep engagement in a task, is considered one of the key elements of well-being.</p> <p>Research has shown singing can induce the flow state in <a href="">expert singers</a> and <a href="">group singing</a>.</p> <p>One way to get into this flow state is through improvisation.</p> <p>Try your hand at some <a href="">vocal improvisation</a> by picking one phrase in a song you know well and playing around with it. You can improvise by slightly changing the melody, rhythm, even the lyrics.</p> <p>You may well find yourself lost in your task – if you don’t realise this until afterwards, it is a sign you’ve been in flow.</p> <h2>2. Singing gets you in touch with your body</h2> <p>Singers make music with the body. Unlike instrumentalists, singers have no buttons to push, no keys to press and no strings to pluck.</p> <p>Singing is a deeply <a href="">embodied activity</a>: it reminds us to get in touch with our whole selves. When you’re feeling stuck in your head, try singing your favourite song to reconnect with your body.</p> <p>Focus on your breathing and the physical sensations you can feel in your throat and chest.</p> <p>Singing is also a great way to raise your awareness of any physical tensions you may be holding in your body, and there is increasing interest in the intersection between <a href="">singing and mindfulness</a>.</p> <h2>3. Singing as exercise</h2> <p>We often forget singing is a fundamentally physical task which most of us can do reasonably well.</p> <p>When we sing, we are making music with the larynx, the vocal tract and other articulators (including your tongue, lips, soft and hard palates and teeth) and the respiratory system.</p> <p>Just as we might jog to improve our cardiovascular fitness, we can exercise the voice to improve our singing. <a href="">Functional voice training</a> helps singers understand and use their voice according to optimal physical function.</p> <p>Singing is increasingly being used to help improve <a href="">respiratory health</a> for a wide range of health conditions, including those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s, asthma and cancer.</p> <p>Because singing provides such a great workout for the respiratory system, it is even being used <a href="">to help people</a> suffering from long COVID.</p> <h2>4. Singing builds psychological resources</h2> <p>Group singing can help combat social isolation and <a href="">create new social connections</a>, help people <a href="">cope with caring burdens</a> and <a href="">enhance mental health</a>.</p> <p>Studies show these psychological benefits flow because group singing promotes new social identities.</p> <p>When we sing with others we identify with, we build inner resources like belonging, meaning and purpose, social support, efficacy and agency.</p> <h2>5. Singing for “super-ageing”</h2> <p>“<a href="">Super-agers</a>” are people around retirement age and older whose cognitive abilities (such as memory and attention span) <a href="">remain youthful</a>.</p> <p>Research conducted by distinguished psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett and her lab suggest the best-known way to become a superager is <a href="">to work hard at something</a>.</p> <p>Singing requires the complex coordination of various physical components — and that’s just to make a sound! The artistic dimension of singing includes memorisation and interpretation of lyrics and melodies, understanding and being able to hear the underlying musical harmony, sensing rhythm and much more.</p> <p>These characteristics of singing make it an ideal candidate as a super-ageing activity.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>


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