Granuloma on the Vocal Cord - Anyone?

Because life likes to keep things interesting...
  1. I was just diagnosed with a throat (vocal cord) granuloma.
    I've never even heard of this and anything with an -oma at the end sounds scary. They're benign (?) but apparently can cause voice problems, which is why I've been having issues.
  2. AWESOME.
  3. They're not exactly sure why - too much talking, too much singing, who knows. Just over usage.
  4. Have to follow up with a specialist soon.
  5. I know nothing about them. Anyone heard of them or have experience?
  6. It's a little bit daunting as its your VOICE and the first 2 articles I tried to read seemed overwhelming.
  7. Will I have to be silent? Will someone give me a hug from time to time like they understand that I can't talk?