I was controlled by my stammer and it frustrated me to no end as I could not say what I wanted to say.
Six resilient people from all walks of life took part in their first 3 day McGuire Programme intensive course in order to deal with their stutter.
The second in a two-article collection, highlighting International Stuttering Awareness Day. Sarah Maclean-Morris reminisces on life past and present with a stutter*. A reminder of how much my life has changed.
Aged 17 this bright lad, full of enthusiasm for his history project about the Crusades, slides at the ready, opened his mouth… and nothing happened.
“I didn’t speak a single word, not one single word left my mouth. My mum was upset. Everything tensed in my throat. They just ended up showing the slides in silence. I felt really low. I think I might have cried when I got home.”
Have you ever suffered from fear of change, fear of failing, fear of decisions or fear itself? Like many or all people who stutter, we feel fear and that fear is the ‘fear of stuttering’ not the fear of talking. An important point to remember here is that this fear will not go away. This fear will always be with you.
The McGuire Programme held a Refresher Day, on Saturday 29th July 2017 in Newry, County Down, where 7 New Students from the June 2017 Galway Course plus 12 returning grads/refreshers and 10 primary coaches came together to work on their stutter.