My earliest memory of stuttering was when I was about age 6, standing in front of the class struggling to say something and all the grown up kids were laughing at me.
My stutter held me back in so many ways, it dictated who I spoke to, what I said and the career path I choose. As a junior golfer I lost tournaments from fear of having to make a victory speech.
The list of choices I made because of my stutter goes on and on but I struggled through life as best I could. I was lucky to have family members, school friends and college friends who spoke for me.