Stuttering Support Groups Offer Hope Through Challenges – Lisa Nguyen

About the Author:

Lisa Nguyen is a person who stutters and has been living in the Raleigh, North Carolina area for ten years. She has been the co-leader of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) chapter in Raleigh since 2019. Lisa has been involved with the NSA for over ten years and is currently working toward a degree in Health Information Management at East Carolina University. Her career goal is to pass the licensure exam to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) so that she can have a role in improving the quality of patient health care through management of patient health information and medical records. 

Introduction to audio: “This recording is about my thoughts and experiences as an active participant in stuttering support groups and what the people have taught me about coping and even thriving through life as a person who stutters.” 

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Stuttering Support Groups Offer Hope Through Challenges – Lisa Nguyen — 14 Comments

  1. Dear Lisa,
    What a wonderful message! Thank you for all your contributions to the support community and I am so proud to have you as my co-leader in the Raleigh, NC NSA chapter. I have learned so much from you!!
    Keep talking!!
    Rita

    • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Rita! I am proud to be your co-leader and have learned a lot from you about being a support group facilitator.

  2. Hello Lisa,

    From one Raleigh NSA member to our co-leader, thanks for your inspiring and hopeful message! I couldn’t agree more that it’s always OK to talk, even when talking is not easy. Let’s keep on talking and saying what we want to say!

    Rob Dellinger

    • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Rob! I really have learned so much from being active in our chapter and becoming the co-leader.

  3. I love your talk, Lisa. When I found a broschure about a stuttering group, as the age of 27, I was in shock, as I didn’t know there were others. Being a (co-) chapter leader is being a therapist, an activist, a cheerleader and a friend all-in-one. 🙂 Thanks for being the open arms to other people like me, who think they are the only ones.

    Stay safe and keep talking

    Anita

    • Thank you so much, Anita. I completely agree that it makes a world of difference between feeling like you are alone in your struggles and finding a community where you belong. Please stay safe as well.

  4. Hi Lisa,

    Thank you so much for sharing your insights with us. I resonate with so much of what you said but I wanted to especially highlight your remarks about how valuable finding a community of people who stutter (or really anyone with shared identities/experiences) is on cultivating and growing our resilience. It makes a world of difference in knowing you’re not alone and seeing how our struggles can actually connect us to others. It really highlights the beauty of vulnerability. Thanks for being here.

    -Tiffani

    • Hello, Tiffani,
      Thank you so much for your kind comments and thank you for being a part of this conference. I agree with you that there is much beauty in being vulnerable and knowing that you are being heard.

  5. Hi Lisa

    Thank you for your wise words. I learn so much from you. It’s really awesome that you chose to make an audio recording for your paper, and you are an example to me to learn from.

    Yes, support groups are invaluable to us in our journey. Hearing the experiences of other people who stutter certainly helped me build resilience. In fact, now that I think of it, without the support group experiences that you describe I don’t think I could have survived.

    Thank you
    Hanan

    • Hello, Hanan,
      Thank you for your response and I am very happy that my words have resonated with you. Also, thank you for being a part of organizing this conference.

  6. Thank you to everyone who has listened to my recording and/or has left comments. I would like to let everyone know that I chose the audio recording format because I felt that it would be more authentic for me to speak my thoughts aloud instead of writing a paper. Thank you and enjoy the conference!

    • Thank you for your response. I am sorry if your local support group chapter is currently not running. Is it at all related to the pandemic? There are options for support for people who stutter on social media. I was just thinking that Stutter Social might be an option that you might like to explore if you did not know about them. They connect people who stutter via Google Hangouts. This is their website: https://www.stuttersocial.com/index.php
      All good wishes to you and thank you for listening to my submission.

  7. Thank you to everyone who has listened to my submission and to to everyone who has left comments. I hope that you have found this conference to be enjoyable, educational, and inspiring.