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My Stuttering Life

Updated on December 18, 2014

I bet you didn't know I stutter

G'day, my name is Susanna, and I stutter. I bet you didn't know that.

Not many people do. I've been faking clear speech for some time. It's not easy and takes fierce concentration. When I get home and kick off my shoes I relax and stutter away the evening with family and friends.

So what am I doing on stage in local theatre productions? Why have I been a radio broadcaster for over 20 years? How come my daily life revolves around Public Speaking?

I pretend that I don't stutter and almost always get away with it. I use a combined approach of mental strategies and breathing techniques. Because anyone, even a stutterer, can fake it.

How many people stutter?

For some reason that's not known, about five percent of children go through a phase of stuttering which can last up to a year. Of those children, there will be four times as many boys than girls.

Most of these children will pull out of the phase before becoming teenagers while 1% will continue to stutter long term.

The numbers world-wide may seem high but it's really no fun being the one person out of a hundred who has difficulty talking.

What causes stuttering?

The main factors most likely to contribute to people stuttering:

Gender It's usually boys. (80% of stuttering children).

Child Development Developmental delays in children

Genetics A family member stutters.

Neurophysiology People who stutter process speech and language in different areas of the brain than those who don't

Family Dynamics High expectations and fast-paced lifestyles

(Looks like I must process speech and language in different parts of my brain than you do).

Living with a stutter

You may not know anything about stuttering at all, but the one thing you should know is that this affliction makes the world seem a cruel place for a child and absolute torment for a teenager.

I can't remember a time when I didn't stutter. And I can't remember a time when people weren't cruel.

My parents took me everywhere. I was hauled along to sessions with psychologists, speech therapists, hypnotherapists, elocution teachers and, just for something different, childrens' theatre schools.

The theatre saved me in the end. Like Emily Blunt, (The Devil Wears Prada), I gained a lot of control over my speech when I started pretending to be other people in drama classes.

Emily says that she "had a lot to say, but couldn't say it. It would just haunt me."

I know exactly what she means!

To this day I pretend to be someone else in situations where I have to talk. Offstage I'm still playing a part. To put it another way, I pretend to be a different and smarter version of myself.

I still stutter ...

When I undertake a simple task like popping round the corner to buy some milk I play the role of a woman shopping. I prepare myself before I leave, assume a particular posture and walk, and practice with a few bars of song to loosen up my voice. (Fortunately no one hears the singing except for my cat who forgives a great deal of things).

Along the way to the shop I can always find a neighbour who wants to exchange some pleasantries about the weather. Ah, my first rehearsal. There's a particular dog behind a fence who enjoys a chat with me and plenty of times I've initiated a conversation with a startled possum up a tree. By the time I've reached my destination I'm right into my role. I'm acting. And I'm in control of my voice.

On Stage - No Stutter

This is a tape of a comedy skit a few years ago. No stuttering here - those words aren't mine, it's a script.

Some practice tips for stutterers

Just on the off-chance that someone else who stutters happens to read this - there are some steps you can take to get some control over your voice. I do these exercises every day of my life. I can't guarantee they'll work for you but they carry me through with only a rare slip-up.

I pick up some text, like the morning news, and read it out aloud in these different ways.

Alternating between speaking with full volume and whispering. Its quite hard to stutter when you're speaking very loudly or very softly.

Chewing some gum while I read aloud to exercise the muscles in my jaw

Speaking slowing and deliberately and then stepping up to a more natural pace and tempo.

Singing the words. Everyone, including stutterers, can sing.

Practice makes (almost) perfect

I produce a popular radio programme in my hometown. I'm sure my listeners have no idea I have such a speech impediment.

The wonderful thing about radio is that no one can see me as I gesticulate wildly. I hum very loudly up and down the scale before I turn on the microphone too. That's an excellent way to get the throat muscles working smoothly.

Frequently I have to face a real, live audience. The way I get around this is by writing down what I am going to say and memorising it.

I write my speech, my lecture or my eulogy the day before, and I practice reading it aloud. This way I'm sure to find a word that's going to give me hell and I can substitute another in its place.

I practice it, then I memorise it. Then I practice it again. And again. When I finally stand up and face everyone, it's like being on stage and playing a part. No worries!

The major problem, as I see it, with stuttering is how others react to my stutter and how I respond to their reaction. It's not so bad these days, my speech is almost always controlled and my maturity has inured me to being hurt by strangers. To be truthful, I really don't care anymore.

It's all to do with how I feel about myself. My own self perception.

Redefining Stuttering: What the struggle to speak is really all about

Stuttering is not just a speech problem but part of our self-perception

Redefining Stuttering: What the struggle to speak is really about (Previously titled, How to Conquer Your Fears of Speaking before People)
Redefining Stuttering: What the struggle to speak is really about (Previously titled, How to Conquer Your Fears of Speaking before People)

John Harrison spent his early life struggling with stuttering. He overcame it.

There's no time to waste. Get control of your own voice now.

 

Is there a Cure for Stuttering?

Is there a known cure for stuttering?

It's a logical enough question, one mouse click will pull up heaps of advertising for courses, gadgets and gimmicks which offer a complete and final cure for stuttering. But there's no cure, no magic pill.

Not very surprising when you consider that no one knows why anyone stutters in the first place.

Two Role Models

Demosthenes

Demosthenes was a prominent orator in ancient Athens and worked hard to get his stuttering under control. He practiced speaking with pebbles in his mouth, and shouted above the ocean waves.

I took a tip from Demosthenes (who must have tried extremely hard just to articulate his own name) and practiced speeches over music. Strangely, having to speak more loudly to hear myself produced a high rate of success.

Marilyn Monroe

My next model was Marilyn, who was coached to use exaggerated mouth movements and a breathy and affected speaking style to control her stuttering.

This one works for me! I landed a number of jobs as Voice-Over for television commercials and it's because my voice came out as husky and breathy in the Monroe style.

In my own experience stuttering can be, if not cured, then disguised. It takes a lot of hard work, a strongly positive outlook and a very real determination, but it can be done. You need patience too - for dealing with other people.

Some years back, at a Theatre Summer School, I was introduced to the Alexander Technique to help actors in performing at full potential. It excited me so much that I signed up with a singing teacher who used this method of training people with great voices. He didn't want to teach me at all until I explained my reasons for the lessons - then he was more than happy to have me as a pupil.

Believe me, I am no singer. But full potential is right! I took a tremendous leap forward in speaking well with those lessons using the Alexander Technique.

Voice and the Alexander Technique

This is an excellent way to discover the full potential of your voice.

Voice and the Alexander Technique
Voice and the Alexander Technique

Author Jane Heirich tells us the first factor in the process of changing a habit is that we must want to change and the second is that "we must begin where we are".

Reading this book is a perfect place to begin.

 

So that's how I've managed to fool a lot of people.

When I do slip up and get stuck on a word, and start to repeat it, I'll quickly begin another sentence. If you really listen to how people speak, they chop and change their sentences in midstream frequently.

On those bloody awful occasions when the word refuses to emerge, when it won't come out at all, then I'll wave my arm in the air (just like I'm doing in my introductory photo) and - voila- the word is forcibly expelled.

And I always speak on the out breath.

How about you?

Have you ever had a stutter?

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      Thanks...I'll try harder..though sometimes i just feel depressed...

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Worked with a guy who was a real stutterer. It wasn't all of the time, and tended to be when he got excited or needed to explain something in a hurry. He didn't have an issue with it and just got on with stuff as if the stutter wasn't there and that actually made us all feel more comfortable about it too.

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      Jenny Campbell 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Very brave for you to write this. I never thought about the ways that you must have been teased. As I know you, I know you stutter. Sometimes it is disconcerting when you suddenly go quiet. I often wondered why. Perhaps that's because you think you might stutter. I couldn't care less if you did by the way.

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      Excellent lens with so much great information. I, myself, have only caught myself stuttering a few times when I was scared of something in the past. I do, however, have a niece who stutters from time to time. This lens is very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing. angel blessed~

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      Great lens. It is very informative. I learned a lot. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Susanna, could you do one small test "magic disappearance of stutter" for me and report back?

      Take a good book, maybe a good classic (great if you have Shakespeare). Now, try to sing a song a love, but before you do it, check your intonation and pitch of

      the first note (a bit like chorus do before starting singing). Do it a couple of time, and while you do it, pay attention on how your ear is intensively listening (checking) the pitch and intonation. Do you feel your ear activating?

      Now, focus on this active use of the ear, and get to your book, and start reading it aloud, keeping your ear actively listening to your sounds.

      Can you do it? It takes 2 minutes. Please report back!!!! Nothing magic happening? (Blog-readers, maybe try it to, and report back if you believe something interesting happens)

      (Sara, stutterer for 40 years)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Afteretc: I am going on a first date with a great guy but he stutter's and I can't understand him and I don't want to embarrass him by saying I don't understand him, what should I do?

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      You have a lot of admirable courage and perseverance!

      I worked with a man who was a brilliant engineer and part of Mensa. He seemed to stutter when he was excited about something he discovered--I imagined a lot of neurons were firing at once, competing for attention. Its seems like what happens to me when I get a migraine, but I see "lights," no stuttering.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      Wow! You are correct Susanna, I had no idea you stuttered. I have only had a couple of instances when due to exhaustion and deep tension I have struggled to make my tongue enunciate what I way trying to say, and it is quite unnerving when it happens out of the blue. I can only have the slightest clue what it would be like to experience all the time. I just love your practical self help solutions and techniques you have designed for yourself to overcome it - Bravo, I take my hat off to you!

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Thanks for sharing this Susanna. I admire your will and your perseverance. Blessed

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      Afteretc 5 years ago

      This really was very interesting. On my first date with my husband (of 11 years) he was stuttering like crazy. It started to wear on my nerves and I wasn't sure there would be a second date...but alas he was such a great person I managed to look past it and I hardly notice his stutter any more.

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      IngridA1 6 years ago

      What an interesting lens! I've been around stutterers but never realized how hard it would be for them to speak clearly. You have opened my eyes! I myself am dyslexic which is a problem when I'm tired, lol not close to stuttering, which everyone around you would hear, mine everyone would see if not for the wizard gods that created spell check! I also have a child with a mental impairment, it makes me sad and angry at people that stare and make faces. I suppose they don't realize that everyone is different! I applaud you for not letting your stuttering bring you down and rising above your situation and the people who would judge you!!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      A powerful testament to the force of your will to achieve whatever you set you mind to do. I very much appreciate your willingness to share this inspirational account of your journey. Thank you!

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      This is a very helpful lens. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Wonderful lens which I hope is a help to others with a stutter. Thanks for sharing your story with us, it is very inspiring! Have you seen the movie "The King's Speech?"

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Just dropping by again because I felt like it. Very happy to say, I aced your quiz.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hey susanna...i stutter too and started blogging recently...and guess what i named it? mystutteringlife! what a co-incidence! i am excellent on stage too! but my everyday life is quite a roller coaster. my brother stutters too and he is a total opposite case. please do go through my blog and leave your feedback! http://mystutteringlife.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/i...

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      Jenny Campbell 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      How very brave to come out about your stuttering. Yes I knew you stuttered, but never knew how hard you had to work on it every day. You write extremely well though, so that's a a blessing.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      Well, it shows how little we actually know about people some time. An incredible story Susanna, and I can see from the previous comments that it has already touched people deeply. Your coping techniques are very similar to the way I've dealt with anxiety. I've always been anxious and for some incredible reason decided to be a social worker. The worst parts were meeting new people or making phone call. Before I picked up the phone, or went to meet a new client, I would pretend to be someone else, mainly a self-confident social worker who knew what she was doing. I think I fooled a lot of people. I'm so happy that you are able to rise above the reactions of others.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens Susanna. You are a marvellous person!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for ur suggestions, you are like an Inspiration

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      StopTheStuttering 6 years ago

      What an inspiration-- great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hello from Ireland, I am a stutterer too! I have problems everyday with it where I am in a new situation, but I am a confident and outgoing person in general so I dont let it bother me. The usual situations it occurs for me is when I am introducing myself. It was far worse when I was a younger, but now a days if I feel I'm going to struggle with saying my name I simply stop and say "I actually have trouble saying my first name due to a speech impediment, I'll tell you when I can" and continue with my conversation. Its strange that I can say this but not my name, but it seems to alleviate much of the pressure and stress I feel when an initial conversation begins. Just thought I would add my 2 cents, thanks for posting this :)

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @anonymous: Yes, practice what you're going to say beforehand. Practice it. Memorise it. Practice it again.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for posting this, to be honest iv tried a few of the steps but have not had much luck, but practice does make perfect, iv noticed when going out to eat or buying a ticket at the movies that if i have what i have to say ready and practiced 10-30 times i do not stutter or i stutter very little, yes the Anxiety is horrible but im glad u have given me and many others tips, thank you so much!

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I'm sure this lens is helpful to anybody who stutters. I'm lucky I've never had that problem but I think it's very brave of you to write about it. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I stumbled upon this lens while browsing the About Me topic. And I'm glad I did. I found it really interesting, and I learned a lot. How amazing that you've become a public speaker while overcoming (or let's say dealing with) stuttering. And who would have thought--Marilyn Monroe and Emily Blunt? Anyhow, I can see from some of the comments that your lens is helping others. That's great!

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      I have had many friends with this but my latest one has done a course. The transformation is incredible. Visiting Melbourne at Xmas. In the meantime, blessed by an Angel.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this vital information, Suzanne! How wonderful that you have made a career in speaking! Kudos to you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      And I just wanted to say, thank you. You've just gave me strength to say what I want to say, and control myself, and don't give up. I can relate on so many things on your story. But I also learned a lot. Your power to keep doing what you love, without it being a problem or an impediment it's just the best I've ever heard of a person who stutters.

      Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

      A big Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      To begin with, I'm a stutter, and a teenager...and a girl. And It's so hard for me to go through all of these years, lucky me, nobody makes fun of me or anything. But there's always that person who is kind of a new friend to me, who at the very second I get stuck on a word, makes a joke. The typical 'haha' It's all I just say.

      My stuttering like yours, can be hidden. The only way I can get away with stutter is when I took a DEEP breath and trying to feel my 'talk' from the very back of my tongue. I know that sounds weird but it works for me when I have to talk to a public. Like you, I don't stutter when I sing, and also I don't when I'm talking another language. I don't when I'm angry, but I do when I'm trying to tell a story. Or a simple question. It's hard.

      Well, I don't really know why I've just said all that to you, but I know you understand how I feel, like I don't know anybody who stutters...So I'm kind of alone on this.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      [in reply to LizMac60] Never do that! Oh my gosh, no, it's awful, believe me.

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting lens. When people stutter there is an awful desire to finish their words for them. 5 stars and favourited.

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      Samantha Devereux 8 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Fantastic info!

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      Home Interior D 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I had a bad stutter in my teenage years which I found quite horrific. I still have small remnants now at the age of 28 but no one who knows me now would guess. Like you, I am an expert in hiding any problems with various little techniques I developed. Substituting words or adding an extra word help. I rarely face problems now and often go for days and weeks forgetting there was ever a problem, until a small hiccup or an embarrassing 'blocked silence' rears its head again.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      MY dad stuttered as a child and sometimes as an adult! We talked about it and I learned from him what it was like! He was shy and I wonder if the stuttering contributed to it!!

      Great job!

      Thank you!!

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      BettyLash 8 years ago

      I stuttered all through school. the first time I remember was in 3rd grade when I had to present a report in front of the class. I was very excited but very nervous. My report was about my dog. The boy sitting in the front row kept smiling and laughing at me. I remember starting to sweat. i couldn't eben get the title out!!! I eventually bulldozed my way thru it. But I think I was so traumatized by the whole thing that the stuttering stuck with me! Being a pre teen and discovering boys didn't make it any easier. It became so hard that when asked to read aloud to the class I pretended not to know how to read!!! (new school)Up until then I was an honor student. My grades slipped so badly I never really recovered. Now I'm 36 and thru maturity and gaining a sense of myself, I have learned to control it. When I tell a story I secretly tap my foot under the table. Only my sister knows I'm doing it. She just smiles knowing that my jokes make me the life of the party!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      great information about stuttering. I have never met anyone who does stutter but it is a common problem and it's good to learn more about it.

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      TwinsMama LM 8 years ago

      Thank you for your helpful information and for being an inspiration. This winter, I fell and hit my head on my concrete steps giving myself a concussion. I developed a slight stutter that took about 3 months before it went away. It was very upsetting everytime I stuttered - the loss of control. I wish I had found your lens during that time.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very well done; your story but still focusing on others. Excellent job and a very insightful presentation of Susanna.

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      interestingly enough I have never known anyone personally that stutters

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      One of the best lenses in Squidoo, in my opinion. I've always had the feeling that you are a remarkable person, Susanna, and I was right.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      This lens was featured on A Day of 100 Squid Angel Blessings.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I never would have guessed that Marilyn Monroe & Emily Blunt stuttered! Thank you for sharing your uplifting story :)

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      A moving and excellent lens. Blessed by an angel. :)

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      Louise0711 8 years ago

      Very interesting and inspirational. Some great tips to help manage a stutter.

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      cjsysreform 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. I think everyone goes around pretending... to be smarter, more socially acceptable, more confident. I know I do this, even though I don't stutter. Most people have no idea that I am a crazy person.

      I wonder if stuttering is related to Tourette's syndrome and/or tic disorders. Those things also start early in life and are more common in boys than girls.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I never would have guessed you stuttered. I do very slightly when I'm nervous but it happens more rarely now I'm much older.

      I think you have been so brave and determined to overcome it and to speak in public. When I try to speak in public, I go to pieces and get my sentences all mixed up and basically talk gibberish.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Loved your lens and no I didn't know that you stuttered.Great photo of you at work at the mic.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      I can hardly credit this and had no idea. You see the thing is I have a great friend here in Ireland but from back home. Have a lens on it about dinner. What I didn't say in it was that he had the worst stutter, stammer I have ever come across. He's just been on a course and that's why they came to dinner because he wanted to show me as for some reason he was worse with me than any other person. I could not believe the difference, it was like a miracle. He is still new at this and has to concentrate extensively but there is next to no stammer left. It has to do with breathing. I didn't pay to much attention to the technique as I was just so pleased for my friend. Imagine having put up with this ( as you know ) for over 49 years and then being able to do something about it. As his wife said to me she just wished his mother was still alive to see him as she always felt that somehow it had something to do with her in some way.

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      Webcodes LM 8 years ago

      This is great. Wonderful job. It will help a lot of stutterers...I didn't know Marilyn Monroe stuttered. 5*.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this lens! 5 Stars!

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      Lakota429 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens!!! And terrific info! I truly enjoyed reading it! 5 stars! Annie~

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful About Me lens, and no surprise about that, coming from you. Very surprised to learn about your stuttering as I knew already that you were in radio. You're very skilled at keeping it under control. Sure wish you didn't have to. I wish you well, Susanna.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a fabulous lens! My Uncle Tom has a stuttering problem and I really admire him for the obstacles he's had to overcome because of it...I admire you for having the courage to write about it. This is a great "about me" lens. I can see what makes you a terrific Rocket Mom! **5**

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Both informative and personal! Weird, your stuttering never shows on the forum. (LOL)

      You're officially blessed!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Fantastic lens! So helpful, personal, and focused. 5*****

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      I know this lens is going to help a lot of people. People who stutter will learn invaluable information from your story. And people who do not stutter will definitely take with them a better understanding about how it feels to be labeled and misunderstood. Beautiful addition to the Rocket Mom family of lenses.

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      I am so enjoying getting to know you. What an inspiration this lens will be for many people. 5*

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      badmsm 8 years ago

      My youngest son developed a stutter a few years back, so we are working through it. So glad to see that it's not stopping you from doing what you love. Keep up the good work! 5 stars & a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Excellent! When I read stories like yours, I always think of the hundreds, thousands of people who can be helped because you told your story. It's the power of the internet put to the best possible use! Amazing techniques and determination! Thank you for telling your success story so well. Blessed by a joyful angel.

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      Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

      What an amazing story, thanks for sharing.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Kudos to you for being an overcomer!

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      andrasnm lm 8 years ago

      My wife swears that I have a speech impediment. Well perhaps you cannot call it a stammer but it is there. she says....I still became a public speaker and next I am joining toastmasters.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      It seems you have turned your stutter into a blessing. You stepped outside your comfort zone and made your life exciting. You didn't hide from the world. What a wonderfully inspirational lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I had no idea that Marilyn Monroe had a stuttering problems. Very inspirational lens. I am glad that you have worked through this and a radio broadcaster at that.

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 8 years ago from FL

      Very nice lens, you are an inspiration!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing, you are an inspiration to us all :-)

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 8 years ago from Australia

      Whew! What trauma you have to endure just to get a bottle of milk, Susannah! I admire your tenacity. 5* and a fave,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fabulous lens. I know people who stutter a bit, but never realized what they must go through. What an inspiration you are!!! As usual...great job!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Fantastic lens, Susanna. You have written your story very nicely which makes it a pleasure to bless your lens.