October 2010

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

Should we worry about what others think? How do people who stutter (PWS) feel when they hear “slow down”? How do different countries and cultures treat PWS? Are people really listening when you talk to them? Is there more male than female PWS? Are there medications for stuttering? These were just a few of the many interesting questions asked and discussed at our last meeting.

How long you think it would take to sit down and research so many different questions and topics? Now, imagine hearing different views on all these questions and more from actual PWS and speech-language pathologists(SLPs) all at the same time during the same discussion. If you are a PWS, you don’t have to imagine…………COME TO A MEETING AND FEEL THE LOVE! The great thing is you can use the meetings in whatever way you want. You may choose to just listen and learn. You may want to share to inspire others to share. You may want to support or just be supported. The best part is listening to all the different viewpoints from each person. Not surprisingly, I hear something new almost every meeting that I’ve never heard or thought of before. Wow, I can’t believe how inspiring our meetings truly are. I would like to take a moment to mention how grateful and inspired I felt during our last two meetings especially. PWS really seem to be taking chances and feeling good about it. I can’t say enough how awesome and privileged I feel when a PWS shares like that at our meeting. Thank you 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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