April/May 2012 Newsletter

May 05, 2012  |  Posted in: Blog   |  By:   |   0 Comments

With May just around the corner, the Queens Chapter of the NSA met on Monday, April 30th at St. John’s University to discuss the challenges of being a person who stutters (PWS). During optional introductions, one attendee shared that before coming to NSA meetings, she hid her stuttering all the time and couldn’t handle all that stuttering entails. She went on to say that by attending NSA meetings, she is able to see, hear and feel what other PWS experience on a daily basis. I feel that this analogy perfectly describes the impact an NSA meeting can have on one’s life. We are always looking for new attendees to attend our meetings and gain a better understanding that they are not alone. Our next meeting is on May 21st and we hope to see you there!

As the night progressed, the recurring topic of acceptance was discussed. That “what if” question always seems to linger overhead and this meeting was no different. What if I didn’t stutter? What if I was fluent all the time? One attendee shared that “ if I didn’t stutter, fluency would be a different situation and I would not be able to measure my success in the same way.” Everyone handles stuttering in their own way. In my own experience, “handling my stuttering” means helping myself out of a “bumpy situation” and dealing with the emotions stuttering entails in a positive manner. Sometimes, stuttering gets the best of us but acknowledging how you feel about yourself in regards to your stuttering is in my opinion the key to unlocking your self-acceptance.

Another recurring topic discussed at the meeting was advertising. One attendee summed up advertising perfectly by saying “you can make your stuttering have the effect you want it to have on those around you by advertising your stuttering.” Another attendee shared that “stuttering does not have to be a handicap. You have the power to educate others about stuttering by advertising your stutter. It is important to remember that stuttering is not who you are, it is a small part of the amazing person that you are.” I understanding that advertising can be a challenging and emotional process but what better way to advertise your stuttering than to surround yourself with others who “get it.”

We often ask ourselves, WHY ME? WHY DO I STUTTER? and there is still not a definite cause or cure for stuttering. With that being said, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is an overwhelming support group that is waiting to welcome you with open arms. One attendee at the meeting proudly suggested that “stuttering happened to me, it’s not a problem with me!” If you are GREAT at stuttering and you would like to find out more information about stuttering, please visit www.friendswhostutter.org or www.westutter.org. We hope to see you at our next meeting, at the NSA conference from July 4th to July 8th in Tampa, Florida and/or at the FRIENDS conference from July 19th to July 21st in Denver, Colorado.

Once again, the Queens Chapter of the NSA would like to thank their sponsors Fat Boys Pizza, Starbucks and Lasova Grill of Fresh Meadows for supplying us with delicious treats at our meetings. Make sure to check our website for upcoming events and meetings. Until next time, don’t be afraid to be a fruitloop in a world of cheerios. Stay strong and stutter beautifully.

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