For the past year, Google CEO Larry Page has remained rather reclusive owing mainly due to an issue with his vocal cords. In fact, last year just days before Google I/O, Page had to withdraw from the event as he had lost his voice. Today in a Google+ post Larry Page has elaborated on his 14 year old history with a vocal cord nerve strain and that he is slowly recovering and is able to do all he needs to do at home and work. However, he admitted that his voice was softer than before.
Page says that he has made a personal donation to fund a ‘significant research program’ into vocal cord nerve function. According to BusinessWeek, the amount of the donation is in excess of $20 million. Page also discloses that he suffers from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is a rare autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland. He was diagnosed with the disorder way back in 2003.
Doctors have ruled out the possibility of cancer which can in rare instances develop in patients suffering from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis reports Bloomberg Businessweek . According to the report, Page is said to use the microphone for even small team meetings as he voice is just not loud enough.
In the Google+ post Page recounts that his other vocal cord had similarly been paralyzed 14 years ago and a cold had resulted in the limited movement of his vocal cord last year.
He further says that the issue could have caused some breathing issues, but he joked that ‘ my friends still think I have way more stamina than them when we go kitesurfing!’ He further joked that Google co-founder Sergey Brin thinks he is a better CEO because he has to choose his words more carefully, because of the vocal problem.
Page says that he learned is vocal condition was very rare and reveals having met many doctors regarding the issue who are excited at improving vocal cord nerve function.