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A Glimpse of Early Memories as a Person Who Stutters

GregGreg, front row, second from right, celebrating his sister's wedding
at St. Martins, Ottawa in 1974

It is interesting how certain events and situations can illicit powerful memories — memories that remind me of the ways stuttering can significantly compromise a person's quality of life.

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Allison’s Story

Allison Allison, left, with her son and mother

My name is Allison and I’ve stuttered for as long as I can remember. Stuttering ran in my family, though not all stuttering is hereditary, and I was three years old when I had my first speech therapy session. I was lucky to have supportive parents by my side and as a child I was confident and outspoken despite my disfluency.

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Don't give up!

Shaun Ghulam

My name is Zishan Ghulam, but people call me Shaun as it’s easier to pronounce. I am 35 years old and I am in the 1% of the worlds population who stutters. It runs in my family as my brother also stutters. I had it worse, but believe it or not I am happy I did, because it has taught me so much.

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Stuttering Didn't Stop Dave Taylor — or Yours Truly!

Dave TaylorOf the approximately one percent of the world adult population who stutters, among them is Dave Taylor, former captain — and later general manager — of the Los Angeles Kings. He worked his way from the nickel mines of Levack, Ontario, to forge an illustrious 17-year playing career before embarking on a successful career as an NHL executive.

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If you are talking to someone who stutters

vikeshVvvikesh here, no I didn’t forget my name, I just have a stutter. For more than half my life I never spoke about my stuttering with anyone and I think it was fear of being judged but also guilt. I felt guilty that I was speaking the wrong way and that fluency was the only right way.

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