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Delta Goodrem Shares Health Battle that Inspired Song “Paralyzed”

Delta Goodrem (Photo: DFree/Shutterstock.com)

(Photo: DFree/Shutterstock.com)

Just a few weeks ago, Aussie superstar Delta Goodrem shared her new song “Paralyzed”.

She described it as “a narrative of when your whole world stops and has to be reset.” – We all thought she was referring to her battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was 18.

It turns out the singer has been privately facing another health challenge.

In an emotional video posted to her socials, Delta reveals that the song came about after she had surgery to remove a salivary gland which left a nerve in her tongue paralysed.

(Photo: @deltagoodrem/Instagram)

(Photo: @deltagoodrem/Instagram)

She woke up from surgery to find she’d lost her ability to speak and needed months of rehabilitation and speech therapy:


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“I don’t want to go out, I’m super embarrassed. I’m just over it,” she says breaking down in tears as she struggles to speak.

“My livelihood is my sound.”

The video not only shows the difficult and emotionally exhausting process Delta went through to regain her speech but also her determination to keep going, to keep fighting, even when it felt like it was all too much.

It was during her year-long recovery that she wrote her sixth album which includes the song “Paralyzed.”

The video message ends with some important words from the singer about remembering to be kind to one another:

“You never know what someone is going through in life. In 2020 everyone has a story and is going through something…A reset! Ask people around you, even the strong ones, if they are ok! Be Kind. Be Patient! Stay Strong and Be Positive.”


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