Make Room For The Stuttering

I Still Have To Talk – Episode 48

Posted on: March 7, 2011

Episode 48  features Annette, who hails from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Annette is 23 years old, and is a Registered Nurse. She graduated from nursing school two years ago and has been practicing for one year.

She has been working in a long-term care home, and as of this publication, will be starting a new position in a rehabilitation hospital. She easily discloses that it’s not always easy being a nurse who stutters, but she knows she is just as competent as any of her co-workers.

Annette explains that she finds it easier to talk with her patients and co-workers than it is with doctors. We explore how very often talking with anybody in a position of authority can be stressful and intimidating. Annette shares that she feels more in control when interacting with her patients.

We talk about how stuttering has impacted relationships with friends and family, and the differences in how her mom and dad have approached it with her. Annette also shares her experiences with speech therapy and what has been most helpful for her.

The biggest insight for Annette has been overcoming fear, gaining confidence and being open. And that comes through loud and clear in this conversation. Give it up for a strong, independent young woman doing exactly what she wants to do. You go girl. That’s what it is all about!

Credit for the podcast safe music used in this episode goes to ccMixter. Feel free to leave comments for Annette or just let her know how cool she is!


6 Responses to "I Still Have To Talk – Episode 48"

Annette, I heard about Pam’s blog from a friend who heard her talk to a nursing class recently. I plan to be a RN one day too. The first thing I saw when I looked on here was this story about you and I feel so inspired. I do not stutter, but have a great respect for Pam and think its great that she and you and others are so open. Its great to see you doing exactly what you want and not let anything hold you back. You are a role model. Keep up the great work.

Good job, Annette! It is a joy to know you! Keep on going for it!

You make me cry with great pride for you Annette. I love you SO much!!!! You are an incredible inspiration. This is just WOW! I stand back amazed and feel so Blessed to know you and to be your auntie. I’m also proud of your parents for encouraging you.
Much Love, Monika 🙂

Thanks for all the comments guys! I really really appreciate it!! 😀

Well done! A medal for you as well. Bengt

I’m also a registered nurse and stutter. It’s really difficult. Kudos to you.

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