November 2010

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

On November 15, 2010, the Queens Chapter of the NSA celebrated its 2nd Anniversary with over 20 people attending the meeting. I knew immediately it was going to be a special night because of all the new faces in the room. There were no fewer than 8 first timers who inspired all throughout the meeting by sharing and caring like never before. I have attended every meeting, (24 in all) and I can truly say if not the best ever, it was right up there. I felt so privileged and special to be a part of a meeting that seemed to inspire lots of participation and for people to take chances like I’ve never seen before. I really truly feel that it is no accident or coincidence that people who stutter (PWS) seem to want to share and inspire others to share in our meetings at an amazing rate. There is no secret! The secret is all the people reading this newsletter right now. It’s no coincidence that at 8:30 when we formally end our meetings no one moves. I hope everyone reading this understands how special a place we’ve built together, if you attended our last meeting you know what I mean.

We discussed when or if we should disclose our stuttering to others and how this varies by individual. How PWS feel when people zone out or lose interest in what we are saying. It feels like a constant struggle to keep pace with person we are conversing with. Some people shared how frustrating it could become to never feel that fluency we all seem to be striving for. Are our goals sometimes to lofty? Should we be looking for our comfort zone rather than our fluency zone? I think a happy medium could lead to positive energy and in turn healthy communication, STUTTERING OR NOT. Are there medications for stuttering? Is there a “miracle” out there? I personally don’t know of any, but I do know a place where you will find lots of LOVE and support and empathy.

So in case you missed our 2nd Anniversary, (24th meeting last month) don’t sweat it cause you can still help us celebrate our Silver Anniversary. Our next meeting will be number 25! Come out and give it a shot. I can’t say enough how special I feel when someone, especially a PWS shares and takes chances at our meetings. It really says something about how special these meetings are.

Thank you to everyone for making our meetings so special.

Also, just wanted to thank everyone who attended the Mets game, I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. The weather was great and the company was even better. What better way to spend a sunny, balmy Sunday afternoon than with my stuttering family from near and far. Some traveled from as far as New Hampshire! Of course the Mets didn’t do their part. I think that home run Derek Lee hit is still going. But it didn’t matter because it was a great day!

As different and unique as we all are, stuttering bonds us, but doesn’t define us. It is only a piece of us and we chose how it can shape us. It also gives us the insight and can fuel the courage which often is empowering to the next person who reaches out. 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,

John D.









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