Members’ Blog – Stuttering Perspectives

Mets Game

September 03, 2010  |   Members' Blog - Stuttering Perspectives   |   0 Comments

On Sunday, September 19th the National Stuttering Association went to the Mets game in Queens, NY. This NSA event had 100 members, friends, and family in attendance. You’ll be happy to know that the NSA was advertized in big, bright lights during the bottom of the 4th inning. Advertising plays an important role in spreading the word about stuttering and awareness about the NSA. Anytime you feel like you are the only one who stutters, remember you are not alone. The Met game was a prime example of not being alone. Old and new friends were able to catch up and enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Citi Field. Watching the Braves defeat the Mets in a 6-3 loss was a small price to pay for spending priceless time with fellow stutterers and friends. A special thank you to the Queens Chapter of the NSA for planning this event! All are welcome again next year! Don’t be afraid to be a Fruit Loop in a world of Cheerios. Stay strong and stutter beautifully! -Nina Zito By Nina Zito. In our interpretation, this creative photo represents the teary eyes through ...

Keep Holding On (A Post-Conference Reflection)

August 21, 2010  |   Members' Blog - Stuttering Perspectives   |   0 Comments

It’s not every day we stutterers get to surround ourselves with others just like us. It’s not everyday we don’t have to worry about having a block or making a funny face. This past week I had the opportunity to attend my first NSA conference in Cleveland, Ohio where for the first time in a long time I was not the outsider, or the only disfluent person in the room. I could have never imagined while sitting in the airport on Wednesday morning I would walk away from the conference with a new understanding and acceptance of stuttering and the friendship of some of the most remarkable people I have ever met-but I did and I could not be happier. I find great comfort in knowing that when I’m having a “good” stuttering day, there are other people out there experiencing the same emotions and anxiety as I am. The workshops and events I attended really showed me that I am not alone-in fact we are all in this together. Here’s a question for you-what do you think of when you hear the phrase “Advertising your Stuttering?” My first thought was ways to tell people in your life or those you ...

The Trouble with Stuttering is…

August 07, 2010  |   Members' Blog - Stuttering Perspectives   |   0 Comments

The trouble with stuttering is you never know when it’s going to create challenges throughout your day. We seem to play a waiting game every day of not knowing when bumps will happen or when the words will just flow. We all have those days where we become so frustrated with not speaking fluently that we forget the big picture – we have no control over those bumps and blocks. I was recently elected President of the Student Government of my college for the 2010-2011 school year. I was so excited when I found out that I won because I knew people believed in me. Only after I won did I realize who was truly rooting for me. I know that not everyone accepts my stuttering or understands it and that’s ok. Sometimes in life, we will face those people who make us feel bad about ourselves but remember, everyone has flaws and whether you can see or hear them or not, they are still there, hidden but not unnoticed. About a month ago I had to make a speech as the President at a Leadership Lunch. I woke up the day of the award ceremony feeling anxious and nervous and we ...

Never Let the Fear of Striking Out Keep You from Playing the Game

February 23, 2010  |   Members' Blog - Stuttering Perspectives   |   0 Comments

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." We as persons who stutter are faced with the everyday challenge of the unknown. Will the words flow smoothly? Or will there be a block on every word we try to say? As much as we try to prepare ourselves to be calm and talk slowly, there is always that possibility that our stuttering has different plans for us. My high school graduation was one of those days where my stuttering decided to surprise me but in the end, it became one of the most memorable days of my life. About 4 weeks before graduation, I found out that I was the Salutatorian of my class. I was so excited and proud that after all of the hard work I put in, it finally paid off-but wait…Salutatorian meant that I had to speak at graduation?! I felt a rush of emotions but I suddenly envisioned myself standing up in front of hundreds of people, starting to speak and have no words come out. How was I going to do this? For the next 4 weeks, I rehearsed my speech with my speech therapist, English teacher and parents. I rehearsed my ...

We Are Not Alone

January 17, 2010  |   Members' Blog - Stuttering Perspectives   |   0 Comments

It is important for us stutterers to realize we are not alone. While we face the everyday struggles of blocks, pauses and funny faces, we must remember there are others out there who face the same challenges. At the NSA Queens chapter meeting at St. John’s University, we come together to share our insights and experiences with one another. We can relate to each other in a way that no one else can. We know what it’s like to stand in front of a large group of people, start to speak and have nothing but air come out or answer a telephone and have the person on the receiving end hang up because they think no one is there. The NSA meetings are a safety net for us. It is a place we can go to feel comfortable, at ease, and accepting of our stuttering. As a stutterer myself, I enjoy going to these meetings because I feel a sense of acceptance. I enjoy hearing other people’s experiences and sharing my own with those around me. We are all unique and different in our own way but stuttering brings us together. My mom always says that each stutterer is special in their ...

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