Make Room For The Stuttering

High School

Posted on: May 18, 2009

A very brief but poignant post today. Last week, I spoke to middle school kids about stuttering, in an effort to teach so that teasing and bullying can be prevented. This was in honor of National Stuttering Awareness Week. I was fortunate to have a reporter and photographer there, and a nice article was written for both the print and online versions of my local newspaper. There was a video too.

Today, the reporter forwarded me an email he had received from a reader. She had asked the reporter to pass this note on to me. This is what was forwarded to me.


This morning I read the article mentioned above.  I went to High School with Pam and am wondering if you would forward this to her?

Hi Pam,

I just wanted to let you know that I too have stuttered for most of my life.  I wish we had known that about each other at Mercy (High School).  Also, it made me feel proud for you that you are able to speak out about stuttering. I just wanted to touch base and let you know that.


She provided her last name, her married name, and her email address in case I wanted to get in touch with her. (I did – emailed her).

This totally blew me away. If only I had known. I would not have felt so alone. I would have known someone else who stuttered. How wonderful that she took the time to write to the reporter, and that he took the time to forward this to me.  I really have to process this.

Things happen for a reason.

3 Responses to "High School"

This is so awesome!! See the lives you touch by talking Pam?! Way to go girl!! =)

And I emailed her,and she sent this long reply back. Amazing. We may even talk by phone. It just seems so surreal to me, that we were in the same class almost 30 years ago and didn’t know it.

And now she reaches out and shares very personal stuff about her journey. Wow!

I should keep talking!

You have to keep talking!! For us and for you. This is so great! Suddenly, you have a new friend 😀
I’m very happy for you.

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