Maria McGrath

Maria McGrath

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.

Standing up to stuttering

"I have come to believe over and over again, that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken."

­--Audre Lorde