I can not believe I have just discovered the power of stuttering forums . I am 36 years old and have stuttered as long as I can remember. I have struggled through a number of different stuttering treatments over the years, and it always feels like the cure is worse than the disease. Its hard enough that stuttering is a sentence to never-ending embarrassment, but the treatments I have tried in clinics have seemed even worse. Its one thing to sound funny through a stutter which is apparently out of our control, but it's a different thing altogether to be sounding strange on purpose. It goes against every fiber in my body and like so many other stutterers, I just can not bring myself to do it.
Previously, a stutter almost guaranteed a life of solitude and loneliness, but then stuttering forums came along. For the first time in my life, I feel like my stutter does not define who I am as a person. A stutter is something I have, not something I am. By having like-minded people to talk to 24 hours a day, I am always just an internet connection away from someone that understands me and everything I go through with a stutter.
Stuttering forums also allow a whole stuttering community to share resources, compare stuttering programs and treatments, get advice on good books to read, and also speak to speech professionals from the comfort and safety of my own home. For the first time in my life I feel like I have the confidence and support to beat this thing.