My process of transformation began when I met other people who stutter, which opened up my life in so many ways. My relationship with family members and friends shifted. I began to consider new options in my career. I began work on a personal documentary film whose title became Spit It Out.
One moment of transformation that stands out happened on the telephone. Of course, to use the phone had always been terrifying and difficult. One day I was on a call with a store representative, and was stuttering severely. The person hung up on me. Up until then, when this happened I would feel shame and embarrassment about all the time I was taking up. This day, however, something shifted in me. Rather than shame I felt anger; that it was not my fault that I took up more time when speaking. It was rude for someone to hang up while I stuttered. I had come to realize that I had the right to get my words out.
I called the person back, and explained that I am a person who stutters. The person apologized, and we finished our business. I felt much better. And thankful that that the time I had spent in fellowship with other stutters helped this change take place in me.
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