After some request, my partner Marian, wrote something for TISA some time back; I wondered if I should share it with our friends and readers.. It took me sometime to decide in favour of sharing! So, here it goes:
“In the course of a long life lived with two stammerers, it is only now in the past year that I have come to know and realise the traumatic effect this diffciulty with words has on people who stammer, and in many cases the inability to communicate their true feelings of frustration, low self esteem, emotional insecurity and other negatives, to even those nearest to them, can lead to strained and even broken relationships- and in some cases tend to alcohol and drug abuse.
Being closely associated with this stammerer, who only now has been given the courage to acknowledge his disability, has opened the doors and windows wide to a new world of empathy, peace and understanding.
For me personally, though not a stammerer, it is an ongoing amazing, even exciting journey to see so many previously desperate lives take on strength and confidence. Sharing these few thoughts with other wives, husbands, siblings, friends and compoanions of stammerers- my hope is that they too will find the love and understanding that is needed to help these , in most cases, very gifted and lovable people…”