“I rarely post anything personal on facebook. Yet something happened yesterday, that for me, was a miracle. Many of you know that my dear son, Nicholas, has a very pronounced stutter. Making everything he encounters a struggle. From a simple phone call to a job interview is impacted. I have watched him over the years put up with, well meaning people, that try to finish his sentences. Individuals and friends that simple turn their attention away as he attempts to get the words out. Yet, he never stops trying to speak. He bravely wants to work with the public. His courage and humor over the years has been inspiring Thankfully the people that love him just wait for the words to come forth. One of his dearest friends once said that Nick doesn’t stutter, he is just buffering. He has so much to share yet it is tempered by finding words he thinks he can say.
Sooooo, (I know, long intro) we went to a speech Pathologist yesterday that fitted Nick with a device (worn like a hearing aid). He picked up a piece of paper and started to read it out loud. There was no hesitation, no stutter…his eyes opened wide as we sat looking at each other. Incredulous of what was happening. He put the paper down and started to speak to me. Words flooding the room. I have never heard my son (now 28) speak like this. His face lite up as he continued and continued. My eyes of course filling with tears. He even made a telephone call. Lasted six minutes. You see, in stuttering time, it is a million years. Had to smile when the test device had to be removed. He did not want to let it go. His own device will be delivered in 2 weeks. His first call will be to his sister, Anna. He said that she has never heard him speak without a stutter. I think we both shed a tear. His life is forever changed.”