Monday, September 7, 2015

Stutter Social Stories: Kelly Tabra from Peru

Let's get to know another Stutter Social regular! We introduce you to Kelly Tabra, a Stutter Social participant and person who stutters (PWS), who lives in the beautiful country of Peru.

1. Tell us about yourself
My name is Kelly Tabra. I am 26 years old. I am from Trujillo, Peru. I am a psychologist who works in marketing and entrepreneurship. And I am a person who stutters.

2. What are your hobbies?
Reading, especially about human behavior, poetry and different genres of novels; watching horror and drama movies and series and, finally, writing. Currently, I am collaborating with psychological articles for a journal of my city.

3. What's your "stuttering history" like? What was it like growing up as a PWS?
I started to stutter when I was five years old. My journey was quite difficult but interesting. I summarize it in three phases:

  • First, lack of knowledge about stuttering and denial; 
  • Later, when I became older, I understood stuttering to destroy it; and
  • Finally, I understood stuttering to accept it.
Right now, I can say that I am PWS with the challenges and risks that it supposes, I feel more comfortable in speaking situations and try to assume my stutterer identity.

4. How did you find about Stutter Social and what made you give it a try? 
A couple of months ago, I searched for real-time discussion platforms about stuttering.  I wasn't sure if something like this existed in the Internet. That's why I can't describe my joy when I found Stutter Social and I read about the Hangouts with PWS.  In that moment, I knew that it would be the beginning of a great experience because I wanted to see and hear another PWS just like me.

5. How did Stutter Social help you?
Stutter Social helped in many ways: not only in accepting my stuttering but also making me feel that I am not alone in my journey; that there many PWS around the world who have the same challenges and struggles as me; and that each PWS, no matter how he or she thinks and feels about stuttering, is part of this lovely community. I feel very grateful for the support and also happy because I am improving my English skills.

6. What tips would you give to other people who stutter? 
Be a person more critical with theories, treatments and stories about stuttering. There are more questions than answers about stuttering. So, try to be cautious and use the knowledge and resources which are useful for you – only for your personal journey. Acceptance is valuable. The more you deny, fight and resist stuttering, the more stuttering becomes bigger and takes the control of your life. Don’t let that happen.

Many thanks for Kelly for allowing us to interview her for our blog. If you haven't given our Stutter Social Hangouts a try, what are you waiting for? Check our website for our Hangout schedule. We hope to see you in a Hangout soon!

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