In June 2017 I went on my first McGuire Programme course determined to turn myself around for my own sake. It was an unforgettable experience and I look back on it as one of the best decisions I’ve made.
The months of hard work paid off. I’m now in a place where I find it much easier to meet new people and I’m happy to take part in public speaking events.
The unlimited lifetime support provided by the McGuire Programme has been invaluable to me and I would recommend anyone with a stutter to give it a go.
During all of secondary school, I had an agreement with all my teachers not to ask me to read or answer questions in class. I was also avoiding speaking situations which I would have liked to participate it.
After finishing secondary school and making the transition to university, I was enjoying myself but the same things that plagued me during secondary school were still there. My stutter had too much control over what I did and said.
Stammering controlled me and the fear and panic of not being able to say what I wanted made me feel frustrated and angry. Every speaking situation was a struggle and I manipulated my family and friends to speak for me and avoided all situations where I would have to speak. With hard work, courage and perservance the Programme has given me a new confidence when speaking and I now have control of how I speak and I can now be the person I always wanted to be.
Overcoming Stuttering Along The Banks Of The Newry Canal
Seventeen people courageously stepped forward to take control of their stutter in Newry. The course was held in the Canal Court Hotel. The course commenced at 7pm on Wednesday 24th October and finished up around 7.30pm on Saturday 27th October. Kara McMahon – from the Newry area – instructed the course. Kara steered a tight ship and her disciplined yet warm humourous approach kept everyone smiling and in good spirits.
Through school and ultimately onto university, my speech got progressively worse year-on-year until I was in such a bad way that I was living my life in total avoidance – avoiding people, places, occasions, interactions and situations and living my life controlled by my speech entirely. Everything I did was dominated by this stutter, yet I had such poor self-acceptance that I didn't want anyone to know I had this, I didn't want to talk about it or accept it as a part of me.