HAPPY NATIONAL STUTTERING AWARENESS WEEK!
As most of you may know, I am a person who stutters.
I have stuttered pretty much my entire life and it's something that took me years to accept and actually be okay with.
Something as easy as saying my name or asking a question was a daily struggle. Every day I couldn't wait for the day to be over, just so I wouldn't have to talk to anyone. I didn't like feeling that way but as we all know insecurities are hard to shake off. Thankfully, I don't feel that way any more.
Yes, I still stutter and yes I still have my bad days. But fortunately, the good days far outweigh the bad ones. And the fact that my family and friends have never treated me differently because of it, has made it that much easier.
I have learned to accept and love myself, whether I'm fluent or not. Being so open and honest about my stuttering has actually made me into a more confident and happier person- as crazy as that may sound! Thankfully, it has also given me a platform to educate others on what stuttering is and how it affects millions of people.
Here is a great article that was published on Mashable with tips on to deal with someone who stutters.
I CAN'T STRESS #2 ENOUGH!
If you know anyone who stutters or encounter someone that does, please encourage them to never be ashamed or embarrassed. There is nothing wrong with the way we speak, we just speak differently ;)