While interacting with PWS on internet, I found Santosh. He has his origins in Maharashtra, but works in Goa. We got in touch by phone. We had a number of conversations on phone. We discussed everything about stammering, and how we dealt with it. He told me how it started with him, how some of the incidents hurt him in childhood, and how he feels about stammering now. I too reciprocated with my thoughts and experiences. And we discovered that all PWS have same problems, and same things to deal with. It was like a feeling of meeting a Human Being when you are lost on another planet inhibited by strange aliens! Santosh has a firm belief that stammering can be controlled. And strongly believes that all PWS are successful, because they are hard-workers!! Nice thoughts aren’t they?
Then there is another young man with whom I had a head-to-head meeting. He’s pursuing his engineering, and is very ambitious, determined and aspires to be an IAS officer. And to achieve that goal, he wants to get rid of stammering, by the time he gets there. Surprisingly, most of the time I was getting started to tell him something, he knew my thoughts already. That’s because he had read all my posts in the stammering communities. He said he keeps on searching about stammering on the internet. He has kept a goal for him, and that is to combat stammering. I was very much impressed by the determination of this guy.
He asked me how I cured myself. I said I still stammer. And he nodded in agreement. I told him that there is no perfect cure for stammering, but it can be managed upto 99%. I explained him the scientific causes behind stammering (as explained by BSA) and asked him to refer the TISA site for more details. I also told him about various techniques given on TISA site, and also briefed him about breathing exercises and meditation. I also told him about my various conversations with Dr. Sachin, Jai Prakash and Manpreet. I also gave him links to various articles and ocean of knowledge available on TISA site.
With this, I am of the opinion now that SHG need not necessarily be meeting at one place only. Of course meeting at one place helps a lot with our social and talking skills. But till that thing happens, if we can be a group united with a single cause, and as long as we all benefit each other, the SHG cause is fulfilled.