|About the author: Matt Schreifels. I am 36 and have stuttered for most of those speaking years, so I guess you could say I’m somewhat of a stuttering professional. I’m from the United States, Minnesota specifically. I like woodworking although I currently do not have a workshop, but it’s a goal of mine to someday own one. I have a guitar. Being able to play it is a different story, but it’s a work in progress.|
Early on, before I had a clue as to what stuttering was, I was somewhat aware that I spoke differently from my family and classmates, but (if I remember correctly) I tended to ignore the struggle in my mouth for a few more years, until the inevitable grade-school mocking that kids are going to do. Being young and impressionable, I then became ultra-aware of my stutter and grew up not talking about it to anyone but my family. Up until four years ago I hated when someone would allude to a block I just had, or a word I stuttered on. I was ashamed and wanted those moments to pass faster than they did.
These days, I am in a better place. Having a stutter made me who I am today. Had I never had a stutter, I believe I would be a different person, and not necessarily a better person. Sure, I had tough moments because of it, but I’m thankful for those moments.
I’m proud to have come to terms with my stutter. I realized there currently isn’t a cure for it, so why was I beating myself up for having it? Yeah, there are techniques I could work on to lessen the blocks and repetitions, but I will still stutter and that’s okay! If anyone would have told “younger” Matt that he would care A LOT less about stuttering 20 years in the future, he would not have believed them.
Be happy with who you are! Be proud of yourself, no matter what challenge you must face!
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