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Facing challenges

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One of our readers has submitted the following essay for publication. Do you want to tell your story about stuttering? Let us know!

Living with a stutter has been an incredible challenge throughout my life. At first, I was very angry and discouraged that I couldn’t communicate like most people. In school, other kids teased me and call me names, and that played a factor in my self esteem and dignity. Luckily for me, I was talented in many other avenues, such as soccer, hockey and drawing, and that made me feel better about myself. But I have always had this one impediment that lingered in the background …. my stutter.

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Letting Go

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My name is Garrett and I have a stutter. When I tell people this they are surprised, even shocked. Just six years ago my stutter was very evident, yet today it has mostly subsided to the point where I am now a professional public speaker! It certainly comes back every now and then, but not nearly as frequently or as obviously as it used to. Recently somebody in one of my classes asked me how I got to this point, as he has a daughter who is facing the same challenge that I, and so many others, know all to well – the problem of stuttering.

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Richard Holmes, pro Mountain Biker and PWS

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Richard Holmes is a successful pro mountain biker who lives in Whistler, BC. Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, he moved out there years ago after falling in love with the sport, and his skill garnered him sponsors, trophies and prizes. After studying Mountain Bike Operations on BC's Sunshine Coast, he became a certified coach at the Whistler Bike Park.

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Putting The Past Behind

Throughout life, it's easy to get caught up in our past, and allow ourselves to be filled with regret and frustration. It's that very regret and frustration that if can weigh us down if we let it. For those of us that stutter, we can often find our stutter to be a constant reminder of what hardships we endured. That is, if we choose to perceive things in that manner.

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Man on 100-day project to raise stuttering awareness

cameron Cameron Francek

Cameron Francek is on a personal mission to talk to 100 people over 100 days. His purpose is to spread awareness about stuttering and educate as many people as possible through engaging with them personally. The U.S. celebrates Stuttering Awareness Week May 12 - 18, and this Detroit, Michigan resident is using it as an opportunity to overcome his own fears, and at the same time helping others understand stuttering better. It is not only to spread the word about a problem faced by millions, but to help himself overcome the tremendous anxiety he felt when talking to people.

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Stammering on the BBC: a personal recollection

winston Winston Purdy

This article was originally published in the summer 2012 issue of CSA Voices.

With all the interest in the film The King’s Speech last year,  I was reminded of when I lived in London from 1969 to 1971. I was studying voice, and to support myself I copied music for a publisher. I worked at home and listened to the BBC constantly to keep me company. Struggling as I was with my own stuttering, I was heartened to hear several regular contributors to the BBC who openly stuttered, (usually mildly) –  or stammered, as the British call it.

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