Megan Gribben
HELLO EVERYBODY, I AM

Megan Gribben

Coach, Course Instructor (Intern), Member
  • First Course: Galway, August 2010
  • McGuire Region: Ireland

The past two years have been the most magical of my life! I have reached a level of freedom in my speech I have only ever dreamed about thanks to a lot of hard work, courage and support. I’m so excited about what is to come.

It’s extremely hard for me to put into words what this programme has done for me. I joined this programme at the age of 17, I was scared, embarrassed and ashamed of having a stammer, or being different from everyone my age! I had a multitude of tricks and avoidance behaviours. The first time I spoke to my own dad on a telephone was after my first McGuire course. 

My own parents did not know the extent of how my stammer affected my everyday life because I simply never spoke. Silence for years and years.

After years of speech therapy with no results, I was 100% certain that my stammer was the worst stammer in the world, I was hopeless. My mum finally came to me about the ‘McGuire Programme’, off we set to Galway! The only people who knew where I was going were my parents, the course was great but I wasn’t ready. I was so deep in denial, there was no way I was going to come home and tell everyone where I was! 

The turnaround for me was the birth of my niece, I set a small goal of being able to read stories for her. That one goal changed my entire life. 

In October 2017 I made a decision to return to the McGuire Programme. I had to try again. It was the most nerve-wracking train journey of my life as my stammer was worse than ever. However, the support I received on that course & still receive to this day will genuinely stay with me forever. I slowly built up my goals, I was honest, I knew what I didn’t do the first time around and I made sure to put all of the techniques into practice, I was determined to turn the panic into fun. I challenged that little voice inside my head that told me for years ‘you can’t do this Megan’.

The past two years have been the most magical of my life! I have reached a level of freedom in my speech I have only ever dreamed about thanks to a lot of hard work, courage and support. I’m so excited about what is to come.

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