I am 32 years old at the time of writing this story and stuttered for as long as I can remember. I have taken many fluency shaping/fluency modification courses and had been an active participant in spreading awareness about stammering in our country by giving presentations and speeches in various cities.
I’ve even been involved in many communication workshops organised by a non-profit organization for stutterers called TISA around the country as well. There was a time when I was very uncomfortable with my stutter.
In my early childhood, I was a covert stutterer. Then over the years, my stutter aggravated to such an extent that I could no longer hide my stutter. I think I was in 9th grade when the frequency and rate of blocks started to increase.
It was then that I started seeking help and attended many speech therapies both offline and online courses. Then I came to be associated with TISA which helped me to desensitize myself about my speech to a very large extent. I started looking at my stutter from a different perspective. I had to change my personality to match a few things which would later help me in developing a thick skin towards my speech impediment.
I wanted to do the McGuire course a long time back before it came to India. I even made up my mind and contacted a few people from the course so that I could travel to Ireland and pursue the course at a subsidized rate. But it did not materialize because travelling and staying there would cost me too much to afford at that point in time.
I was very excited when I first heard that the McGuire course made it to India. I missed the course in Bangalore because I did not know when it happened there. I then learnt that the next course will happen in Delhi and then Mumbai. I immediately enrolled on the Mumbai course because it was closer to me. I even cut short my honeymoon for this course.
The McGuire course, I would say would be one of the best things which has happened to me in a very long time. The key is to persevere and that’s exactly what I intend to do moving forward.