May 2010

June 01, 2010  |  Posted in: Newsletter   |  By:   |   0 Comments

We are officially into Conference Season. Several of us have our registration completed for the upcoming conferences. We heard a bit about these conferences at last meeting but once again want to encourage you to ask any questions that you may have about them. About last month’s meeting, nobody who was at the meeting in April needs to be told about how much of a great meeting that was. We had 7 new people and welcomed back some of our friends that we haven’t seen in a while. It was great to see the amount of participation.

As I sat thinking of what to write for this month’s newsletter, I reviewed my notes and noticed so many different, interesting, topics that were brought up and discussed. One person brought up the fact that they had never met another PWS until our meeting. How amazing that we filled a room with over 20 people from so many walks of life. As someone said, “how nice it is to meet other people who are extremely cool” and also stutter. We talked about when to share or disclose that we stutter and how some do it to help put listeners at ease, while others do it more for themselves, so they feel more at ease. We also discussed about the lack of understand about stuttering by others and how it may cause them to say something or do something insensitive toward us. For example, asking someone to “write it down,” when having difficulty. This also turned into a conversation about possibly helping a person who does not understand to understand just a little bit more so that the people will know how to handle similar situations in the future.

As different and unique as we all are, stuttering bonds us, but doesn’t define us. It is only a piece of us. It also empowers us with the choice to help other people who stutter and people who may not understand stuttering. “We Are Not Alone, Together We Are Strong”.

It’s nice to hear everyone’s input in addition to the support and encouragement throughout the meeting. Hope to see you at the next meeting!!

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