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Dealing with life's curve balls as one who stutters
Written by Richard Lutman   
Saturday, 12 January 2013 04:52

curveballIn life we are going to be thrown many challenges and hurdles to overcome – some positive, some not so positive. When one's life is in a state of crisis or chaos, one's stutter can become more noticeable. This indeed has been the case for me as in recent months i've been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The adapting and the adjustments needed when one has this disease, in conjunction with my stutter, has been a challenge to say the least. Stuttering in itself can be a challenge when compounded with the day to day stressors that go along with our ability to communicate. These challenges might cause one to become depressed, or down on ones' self. But, in fact, it has done the opposite for me. As I adapt to the challenges of dealing with this disease I am reminded of something a victim of assault I once counseled said, "you can go a week without food a day without water but you can't go a second without hope". This is so true for all of us to remember –  no matter the hurdle or the challenge, hope above all else must prevail. Without hope we have nothing....

Richard Lutman lives in Stratford and is a CSA board member.