September 1, 2020 at 11:30 am #27663Ruz SafaiParticipant
Lee has worked with me for about 2 years as I eventually transitioned to the WSSA community, and has helped me evolve from a full shut down blocker to someone who is now much more comfortable with speaking, and living life with far more instances of full fluency. Before I met Lee, I was one of the worst cases you could imagine and considered my situation nearly hopeless.
Lee is a testament of how just one person’s efforts, persistence, and commitment has changed and impacted so many lives, including mine. It is difficult to express with words, and I imagine the hundreds of others Lee has helped and are continuing to help feel the same way. I am also very happy to know an organization like WSSA exists to keep the momentum of Lee’s teachings and discoveries going, hopefully for generations to come.September 2, 2020 at 9:03 am #27667JavierModerator
I have also been a severe stutterer, although not a shut-down blocker. Thanks to Lee, I became a PWSS last year, and I am a much happier person, a completely different person. I only wish I had met Lee earlier. I will always be grateful to him (and to my friend who recommended me his book) and to WSSA for everything they’re doing for me and the rest of the stuttering community. It’s simply amazing.October 2, 2020 at 9:35 am #27840Leah AreffModerator
I love hearing stories like this, as I too felt that I was destined to be a PWS with no ambitions or hope for the future. I am now happier than I have ever been in my life. I went completely nuts though, I changed career paths, started travelling like crazy, joining the groups and doing the things I used to only dream of. I am finally living. That is why I coach people who stutter, to help even one person find the freedom and power in their lives that I have found.
It’s crazy how our lives can change in a matter of weeks/months. It reminds me of something I read by one of my favourite authors, Haruki Murakami:
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.”
I hope that anybody reading this thread is inspired to pick up Lee’s book, attend the weekly SAM meetings, and ask for help from the coaches. You owe it to yourself!
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