My name is Griffin. I’m 30, married and live in Maryland. I am an accountant and filmmaker by trade. I began stuttering at age six. I was a situational stutter, but I blocked severely in many situations and embarrassed myself and my friends repeatedly. I used to think about stuttering about 60% of my waking hours, and, when I was under pressure, I thought about nothing but stuttering. I tried some other therapies, such as Parry’s Valsalva technique, and, while they helped some, they didn’t solve the problem.
I didn’t find freedom from Satan Stuttering, as Lee aptly calls it, until I found Lee’s book and Speech Anxiety Anonymous and began Skyping with Lee, who is an inspiration. That was about four months ago. After being Skyped-coached about eight Skypes, my stutter-fear-factor fell to around 10%, and it’s been over a month now since then, and I have had no speech incident that would mark me as one with a speech disability. I no longer shun social engagements or even giving speeches of sorts. Regardless, I’m still working on my speech, but I’ve reduced my Skypes to two a month. I still intend to keep working at becoming “the best speaker in my peer group” and help another PWS self-cure, but, most important of all, I want to keep working on mind training and mind control, and to complete the conversion of my stuttering to a blessing.
I want to leave the reader with the words of a moving poem, written in the 19th Century, which has helped with my self-cure. It’s called “Invictus”, which means “unconquered”.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
I hope that all PWS will fight to escape Stutterers’ Prison, and, just maybe, I will be able to help you. Lee’s book, I believe, gives us the map with the shortest, most direct and fastest road to self-cure stuttering. For me, it has become a major step to becoming the master of my fate and the captain of my soul. Why not join me?
Griff, Maryland, September, 2017