Generation Grit: She lost her voice, now she helps others

Singer-songwriter Crystal Goh lost her voice after being diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia. She later recovered and founded Diamonds on the Street, an initiative where she teaches vulnerable teenagers to turn their life experiences into song.

Crystal Goh planned to become a singer-songwriter until she lost her voice to a rare neurological condition. Over time she found it again, though not in the way she expected, she tells The Straits Times in this series about millennials who inspire us.

SINGAPORE - The day is etched in her memory. Ms Crystal Goh woke up one morning in April 2011 and could not muster a decipherable word.

"It sounded like I was having a very bad sore throat. Like I was being strangled," she said. "People couldn't understand me when I spoke."

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