June 2012 Newsletter

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

Happy Summer Everyone! On June 25th, the Queens Chapter of the NSA took a break from the heat and joined together to share their experiences with stuttering. During optional introductions, one attendee provided insight into the profound impact an NSA meeting can have on one’s life. He stated that “NSA meetings provide me with a lot of energy to carry me throughout the weeks in between our meetings.” It amazes me that regardless of how much time passes, the underlying feeling of acceptance and encouragement brought to life at each meeting never seems to fade.


As the meeting progressed, attendees discussed the idea of dating, while being a person who stutters. It is important to remember that stuttering is a small part of the person that you are. Stuttering does not define who you are and you must put forth all of your qualities and aspirations when pursuing a relationship. One attendee mentioned that he feels it is important to advertise your stuttering on a date, but not to let it over shine the real you. Granted, it can be very intimidating to make a good impression while advertising your stuttering to a significant other but if you are comfortable in your own shoes, that’s all that matters. If you put forth the effort into making a relationship work, and the feeling is not mutual, you live, learn and move on!


Another topic discussed at the meeting was the recurring idea of measuring your own success. The attendees at the meeting agreed that the meaning of success is different to everyone. One attendee shared “in order for me to achieve success, I need to be ok with failing. I have to have the courage to do uncomfortable things and be ok when things do not work out perfectly.” I feel that this statement can be applied to PWS, as well as everyday situations. We cannot always win and we will not always lose. There is a happy medium in every situation and it’s up to you to find it!


As the meeting came to an end, attendees were encouraged to attend the National Stuttering Association conference in St. Petersburg, Florida from July 4th to July 8th. The Queens Chapter of the NSA was also pleased to announce their 3rd annual outing to the METS Game on Saturday, August 25th, 2012. Stay tuned for more information regarding this event. 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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