The Power of The Support Network Got My Stammer Back Under Control

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May 2020, was my McGuire Programme 20th Anniversary. My first course was in May 2000 and as well as giving me a roadmap out of the trap of stammering, the course also gave me lifetime membership. I did not know then I would need to avail of this membership twenty years later.

My Stutter, Feeling Freedom at University and Coping with COVID-19

My Stutter, Feeling Freedom at University and Coping with COVID-19

My Stutter, Feeling Freedom at University and Coping with COVID-19

“I remember after my first McGuire Programme course and feeling that sense of freedom that I’ve heard so many members say I would feel. I went back into college and was able to actively participate in class. This was a brilliant sensation and one that I had wanted for a long time.

Christie conquered her fear of stuttering and now lives her life on her terms

Christie conquered stutter to build her life

I have been at odds with my speech my whole life. Growing up I wouldn’t really talk much. Not in class, not at social gatherings, not even at the dinner table. It’s not like I didn’t have anything to say, I did, but speaking came at a huge cost. I would stutter in almost every sentence. At times I would try and force my words out. I can’t stay silent forever, right?

But overwhelmed with feelings of embarrassment, pain, confusion and fear I would decide that it’s just best for me and for whoever was listening that I stay quiet.

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