Singer beats can­cer to re­gain voice

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

SINGING has taken the Booyal lo­cal He­len Coleman around Aus­tralia and the world, but the woman from the Childers area has had to over­come can­cer to re­gain her voice.

Ms Coleman now re­sides in the Scenic Rim area where she can fo­cus on her amaz­ing tal­ent.

The tal­ented so­prano soloist started with hum­ble begin­nings with her pi­ano and singing teacher Mrs Cun­ning­ham.

Mrs Cun­ning­ham, also a so­prano, trained in Lon­don and re­tired to Childers, and saw tal­ent in He­len as a young per­former.

Ms Coleman is in­flu­enced by jazz, blues and gospel mu­sic.

Ms Coleman said it wasn’t all smooth sail­ing.

Her ca­reer was hit with a hard blow when she was di­ag­nosed with thy­roid can­cer in 2012.

“My big­gest fear was I was never go­ing to sing again,” she said.

The surgery re­sulted in her los­ing her voice com­pletely.

Many friends from the singing com­mu­nity ral­lied around to show sup­port in her time of need. “I re­ally thought I would never sing or speak again, so I fo­cused on my horses,” she said.

Ms Coleman said that for 12 months af­ter the surgery, “no words passed my lips”.

It was dur­ing this time that Ms Coleman came to re­alise the in­fi­nite heal­ing power of mu­sic.

“I have now spent two years work­ing very hard to get my voice back,” she said.

Her sup­port and train­ing has re­sulted in gain­ing her full voice once again.

Ms Coleman has recorded her de­but al­bum and it is due to be re­leased this year.

“I want to be a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on young artists and I hope my strug­gle can help oth­ers,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POS­I­TIVE IN­FLU­ENCE: He­len Coleman over­came thy­roid can­cer to re­gain her voice. She hopes her strug­gle can help oth­ers.

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