Monday, October 30, 2006

"Dilbert" Cartoonist Was Speechless...Literally

"Dilbert" Scott Adams was suffering from spasmodic dysphonia. Oddly, Botox injections can sometimes work but didn't in his case. One of my favorite singers -- Linda Thompson -- suffered from this malady, thinking for years it was stage fright, told by countless doctors it was all in her head, until she finally got a proper diagnosis. There's no end to the strange diseases out there. I interviewed actress Vera Farmiga of "The Departed" and she said she was playing a character suffering from a disease that makes a person feel like a quadraplegic trapped in an able-bodied person's body. Now if THAT isn't one of the oddest, most disturbing illnesses, I don't know what is.

4 comments:

Celeste said...

I believe that Diane Rehm, from NPR, has this affliction also.

Michael in New York said...

Wow, for a radio person that has to be a nightmare too. At least Adams could keep writing while dealing with it.

sftom said...

I believe Nip/Tuck did an episode where a man requested his leg be amputated for him to feel normal. Same idea as the quad trapped in an able body.

Michael in New York said...

Missed that episode. What a thing to deal with.