Just imagine if you woke up one day to realise that you could not speak or tell your mom that you wanted food! No one could imagine that a small throat infection could spiral into something as big as a cyst in the throat.
The same happened with small screen actress Sweta Keswani. On the edge of losing her voice and also her acting career, she barely managed to pull herself back from vanishing into telly oblivion. It was three years ago that Sweta was diagnosed with a cyst in her throat. In mid-February, after a recurring throat infection for many years, she discovered that she had a juicy cyst (medical term for a large cyst in the throat) in her left vocal flap. The doctors advised a shaken Sweta to talk as less as possible. A few days later, she was barred from even whispering. Later on, she was told that surgery was the only option.
Sweta then started making rounds of the best doctors in Mumbai. While some said her voice would be restored, others said the cyst would go forever. Some said her voice might get modified, but no one could say whether it would be for better or for the worst.
As she set up an appointment with Dr Peak Woo, one of the best ENT surgeons in the world, a 'miracle' happened. Her friend and co-actor Surrinder Kaur (who played Saif Ali Khan's mother in Parineeta) introduced her to a naturopath Dr Vijaya Venkat, who simply put her on a crazy diet where she could not eat wheat, iodised salt, sugar and meat among other things.
So everything alright now?
Last week, when she did her endoscopy again, the report was surprising and the cyst was almost gone too. "I can't express my feeling in words. It's just unbelievable that a there's still a cure called naturopathy where the body heals itself," quips a very happy Sweta.
So all's well that ends well!