We Are Not Alone

January 17, 2010  |  Posted in: Members' Blog - Stuttering Perspectives   |  By:   |   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 own way. It takes a very strong person to do what we do- live everyday not knowing when a block will come or what it will prevent us from saying. I believe that stuttering makes us who we are. If we did not stutter, our lives would be fluent, but our experiences would be different. Think about it. If you didn’t stutter and experience all that you have, would you be the person you are today? I wouldn’t! Every block, every pause, and every stuttering experience has made me who I am and I wouldn’t change that for a second.

Stuttering is a part of us and it always will be. I know it is easier said than done but do not let stuttering run your life and depict what you do or where you go. People should accept you for who you are and not anything less. I leave you with this quote-“Let us be ourselves, we do that better than anyone else.” I think this quote best relates to those who stutter because it is easy to pass up an opportunity out of fear or shame. BE YOURSELF! Stand out in the crowd and say “I stutter” and be proud of it. A person who stutters at our last NSA meeting said he tells people right off the bat that he stutters- not for their benefit, for his own. The first step of other people understanding your stuttering is self-acceptance. Don’t be afraid to be a fruitloop in a world of cheerios. Be strong and stutter beautifully.

 

-Nina Z.

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