May 2014 Newsletter

May 12, 2014  |  Posted in: Events,Newsletter   |  By:   |   0 Comments

I’m so glad to say that Queens is BACK! On Monday, May 5th, the Queens Chapter of the NSA met to discuss life as a person who stutters. Despite the length of time, it was as refreshing as ever to hear our members share that the meetings help them to cope with being a person who stutters and that they are reminded that they are not alone in this journey we call life.

After introductions, the group discussed the idea of tension related to stuttering and where it may be located such as in your jaw, throat, cheekbones, etc. The group agreed that tension comes and goes and varies from place to place, depending on the situation and whom they are talking to. This topic correlated well to the idea that PWS often spend so much time analyzing situations before they happen that they psych themselves out. In reality, the situation will always pass and we will get through but in the moment, we tend to feel the pressure and tense up. In addition, we sometimes do not give our listeners enough credit in terms of being understanding versus judgmental. Often times, when/if we advertise our stuttering (before, during or after), our listeners are more compassionate than we realize. At the end of the day, we are going to have good days and bad days but it is important to remember we are all in this together and have one another to lean on for support.

As the meeting came to a close, the members reminisced about past conferences and shared their life changing experiences to those new attendees. On that note, we hope to see you at the annual NSA conference, being held in Washington, D.C. from July 2nd to July 6th. If you would like more information about the conference, please visit We also hope to see you at our next meeting, being held on June 2nd at Queens Borough Community College at 7PM in room M140. Until next time, don’t be a fruit loop in a world of cheerios. Stay strong and stutter beautifully!

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