When I was a teenager, I enjoyed singing and being onstage so much that I joined a semiprofessional music and theater group. However, I had a strange problem that kept me from improving. My voice would quickly become hoarse, even during rehearsals.
I went from one doctor to the next to figure out why I was becoming hoarse so quickly. Other singers in my group did not have this issue. I knew something wasn't right. Most doctors gave me an unhelpful shrug or suggested it was the result of pollen allergies. My discomfort continued throughout the changing seasons, so I doubted it was pollen. Soon the hoarseness occurred so frequently and came on so suddenly that singing became pointless, so I quit. It was pretty frustrating.