Make Room For The Stuttering

The Outer Rim Of A Bowl-Episode 49

Posted on: March 14, 2011

Episode 49 features Hannah Laday, who hails from Central New Jersey. Hannah came out of the woods of rural Maine to attend a stuttering retreat, met and married George, and moved to New Jersey.

Hannah is the leader of the Central New Jersey NSA chapter. We got to know each other through NSA conferences, email, the covert support list and phone chats. Hannah also works as a direct support professional for women with developmental disabilities.

Hannah has had quite the journey. She literally moved out of the woods onto a road and began using a phone after a long time of not doing so. “Bottoming out” finally propelled her to make changes in her life.

She has pushed outside of her comfort zone many times.  She “exposed” herself at the NSA Covert panel workshop and contributed a paper about covert stuttering to the 2010 ISAD online conference. Read and learn about “Lightening the Load of Covert Stuttering”.

Listen in to a robust dialogue with plenty of emotion. We talk about how and why we limit ourselves, being in groups but not really part of them, courage and change. The take away from this episode – never, ever think you don’t have a story that needs telling. We all need to be heard. Our stories are powerful!

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3 Responses to "The Outer Rim Of A Bowl-Episode 49"

Great episode Pam,
thanks Hannah for sharing , I could definitely relate to a lot of your experiences ( even driving a fork lift truck lol )… I hid behind my job and my marriage, until I separated 6 years ago and thats when I had to start accepting my speech , but its been a long process which is still very much ongoing. Some days I can accept if I have a rough day other times I just want to shut myself away ashamed of it .
I also very much relate to your comment about, being uncertain at whether to share your story because you weren’t some successful, professional person. I too am just an ordinary woman doing an ordinary job, so maybe I will share eventually , because yours was a fab story !!
Lisa x

Lisa, it took quite a bit of gentle encouragement from Pam for me to finally feel that I do have a story, however ordinary, and that it would resonate for others who listen to her podcasts.

And it’s definitely still day to day for me, too.

Thanks for listening.

Hi Hannah,
Thanks for writing that beautiful paper. How could I miss it during the ISAD!! It was so helpful to me to look back at my life and understand and validate my experiences as a human being who stutters. Actually I was finding it difficult to look back at my story and actually write it on a piece of paper but you did it for me and for a lot of us!! Thanks once again!! And it was amazing listening to you and Pam. Thanks once again to both of you!

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