Make Room For The Stuttering

Steeped Like A Teabag -Episode 36

Posted on: December 3, 2010

Episode 36 features Claudia Diamond, who hails from Guilderland, NY. She works as a medical assistant. A friend of mine from Toastmasters indicated that he knew someone who I should meet. I took a chance and emailed her, we met and have become friends. Both of us enjoy meeting up at our monthly Chat and Chew Too group, which is a social gathering for people who stutter.

Claudia shares her very personal story about her parents that were Holocaust survivors, and the parallels she found with her stuttering journey. Claudia is very candid talking about shame, grief and guilt.

Listen in to a powerful conversation about liberation on many levels. Claudia shares about her childhood, being second generation survivors and dealing with depression. She also shares how it feels to be invisible and how she only lets her “real self” out with people who she is really comfortable with. Claudia also mentions how for women it sometimes feels as if we never really leave junior high!

We also talk about self-help and the NSA, letting go of our past and moving forward, and the importance of humor. Claudia talks about a special collection she has and her “wall of fame” in her kitchen.

Credit for the podcast music used in this episode goes to ccMixter.

Please feel free to leave comments or feedback for Claudia or just tell her what a great job she did.

5 Responses to "Steeped Like A Teabag -Episode 36"

Wow. What an amazing conversation. Thank you Pam for enabling us to hear this, and please thank Claudia for sharing. Claudia: telling your story has touched me deeply. You do make a difference.

I am really happy that women are able to share their stories and that people are listening. Claudia’s story was great, as they all are. All is takes is an invitation to tell, and look what’s being told!

Thank you, Claudia, for sharing your story, you should be less modest, I am sure your story will touch many lives. I thought you expressed yourself so elegently and I think really got across that changing your attitude to your stutter can not just change your speech but change your life. thanks to Pam also for bringing your story to us.
ps I think you have a great sense of humour and loved the idea of your wall

nice, love this blog, how do I subscribe

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