SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Larry Page, the CEO of Google Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG +0.40% took to the company's Google+ social network to explain the affliction that has affected his voice and caused him to cancel several public appearances last year. In a post on Tuesday afternoon, Page said he was originally diagnosed with left vocal cord paralysis about 14 years ago, following a bad cold. Last summer, a checkup found that "my second vocal cord now had limited movement as well." This forced him to miss the company's annual shareholder meeting on June 21, as well as some later events. "Thankfully, after some initial recovery I'm fully able to do all I need to at home and at work, though my voice is softer than before," he wrote on Tuesday, adding the quip that "Sergey (Brin) says I'm probably a better CEO because I choose my words more carefully." The company has not said if Page will participate in the opening keynote of the Google I/O conference, which gets underway on Wednesday morning.