No country music-loving household – or any household at that – wouldn’t know the name Shania Twain. Twain, who started her career in 1993, charmed everyone who heard her voice and eventually building her name into one of the most influential female figures in country music history. But her success did not come without challenges.
In 2003, the singer contracted Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness, which also caused her to temporarily lose her voice and, unfortunately, damage it (due to effects of dysphonia). And to regain her voice, she underwent multiple invasive surgeries. According to the singer, the procedure was an open-throat operation to ‘stabilize the weakness in her vocal cord function,’ which is very different from the usual vocal cord operation. And aside from the risks of any surgery, she also had to embrace the fact that her voice would never be the same as before.