I have a new hero, at least for today. She's a Parkinson's patient who dealt with a serious loss in her voice. When she spoke she had trouble making herself heard, particularly with her grandkids. Her diminished voice resulted in less human interaction. She talked a lot less.
I've found myself in the same position. My Parkinson's has greatly affected my once powerful voice to nothing more than a weak whisper at least for part of the day. I get really frustrated when I can't make myself understood.
The experience has given me a whole new level of appreciation for people with speech challenges.
To combat this I took intensive training with a speech therapist in a program called LSVT Loud designed for people with Parkinson's.
Did it help? Yes. It gave a couple of tools to use to strengthen my voice and put more power behind it. I'm still a work in progress.
Listen to this short video and listen to her second set of "ah's." Check how long she holds the ah's. Pretty impressive. She's a star. And then listen to her conversational voice.
That's what I'm aiming for.