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Viagra recipe roundish.jpgShe was born ten days late.

Viagra recipe Nearly two feet long and almost nine pounds.

Viagra recipe In retrospect, viagra recipe I’m sorta glad she was a C-section!

Viagra recipe And she was perfect.

Viagra recipe Except that she looked like an orangutan, viagra recipe according to her grandmother.

Viagra recipe Her soft blond hair stood straight up until she was eleven months old.

Viagra recipe Good thing afros were the style back then, viagra recipe because I think she was the only white baby I’ve ever seen with one.

Viagra recipe She walked at nine months.

Viagra recipe She could point out the individual Bee Gees by name at 18 months (hey, viagra recipe I have my parental priorities!).

Viagra recipe Healthy, viagra recipe beautiful (don’t believe what her grandmother said) and the smartest baby in the world. Viagra recipe Not that I was partial or anything.

Viagra recipe My daughter, viagra recipe Lillian, viagra recipe is now 25 years old.My regular readers will remember her as the child who presented me with my dermoid cyst grandchildren, viagra recipe Barry and Bridget a few months ago.She is tall, viagra recipe blond, viagra recipe model-thin and gorgeous (I’m still not biased, viagra recipe as you can see.) She works in public relations for the city of Portland, viagra recipe Oregon.

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Viagra recipe She even interviewed for a job that would mean coordinating conventions and meetings for the city, viagra recipe providing even more opportunities for working with the public.

Viagra recipe And she has stuttered continually since she was two-and-a-half years old.

Viagra recipe Stuttering, viagra recipe or dysfluency as it is also known, viagra recipe is rare in females. Viagra recipe The ratio of males to females is 4:1. Viagra recipe There is no known causation (although theories abound) and there is no cure.

Viagra recipe Water.That was the first word.When Lillian would say it, viagra recipe it came out as “wa-wa-water”.

Viagra recipe No biggie. Viagra recipe It isn’t unusual for toddlers to go through a period of what appears to be stuttering when they first learn to talk. Viagra recipe It’s harmless. Viagra recipe It’s transient.

Viagra recipe For Lillian, viagra recipe it never stopped.

Viagra recipe “Oh, viagra recipe she’ll grow out of it”, viagra recipe her pediatrician told me. Viagra recipe Visit after visit. Viagra recipe Year after year. Viagra recipe “She’ll grow out of it.” Grandparents expressed concern. Viagra recipe Aunts and uncles expressed concern. Viagra recipe “Oh, viagra recipe she’ll grow out of it, viagra recipe that’s what the doctor said!”, viagra recipe I reassured them.

Viagra recipe She still stutters.

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Viagra recipe Speaking in front of the class was torture. Viagra recipe And this was in a supportive, viagra recipe Catholic grammar school and high school with kids who had known her since she was five and where ridicule was not tolerated under any circumstances.

Viagra recipe Public school would have eaten her alive.

Viagra recipe When evaluated at the age of seven at the Speech and Learning Center of the Children’s Hospital, viagra recipe Oakland, viagra recipe they asked her to draw a picture of herself.

Viagra recipe She drew a crying clown. Viagra recipe At the age of seven her self image was already taking the brunt of the stuttering backlash.

Viagra recipe Oh, viagra recipe we did speech therapy, viagra recipe off and on. Viagra recipe Lillian hated it and hard a hard time complying with the exercises. Viagra recipe All speech therapy can do is give you tools to use and she felt even the tools made her talk differently.

Viagra recipe All she wanted was to be able to talk.

Viagra recipe Normally.

Viagra recipe She has used the new earpiece device that gives feedback as you speak (actually works with the developer of the device), viagra recipe which helps with fluency. Viagra recipe It’s better, viagra recipe but not a cure.

Viagra recipe Lillian gave me permission to blog about her experiences with stuttering.

Viagra recipe I wish I could have asked her to “guest blog” how debilitating this was and is for her. Viagra recipe I’m feel I’m not getting across how the inability to communicate normally can be so devastating to a life and a person’s self esteem.

Viagra recipe Like it was when she was seven, viagra recipe externally Lillian seems like she has a charmed life. Viagra recipe She graduated from college (with honors), viagra recipe has never had a dearth of boyfriends (who never seemed to mind the stuttering), viagra recipe and ironically, viagra recipe works as intimately with the public as you can!

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Viagra recipe Every time she opens her mouth to speak, viagra recipe she doesn’t know.

Viagra recipe And it hurts.

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Viagra recipe Lillian has a speech disability.It’s not visible.She doesn’t need special equipment to walk or move. Viagra recipe Or a disabled placard.

Viagra recipe But it is a disability just the same.

Viagra recipe She says no one really understands how disabiling stuttering is, viagra recipe despite her high-profile job.

Viagra recipe I understand.

Viagra recipe Who knows if she has even experienced discrimination, viagra recipe no one tells you they aren’t hiring you because you stutter. Viagra recipe She could have easily taken a job in a back corner and hidden herself from the world and the need to communicate.

Viagra recipe Instead, viagra recipe she has tackled life head-on and puts herself out in public every day. Viagra recipe Stuggling with what the rest of us take for granted: communication.

Viagra recipe Does that make her a hero?

Viagra recipe You’re damned right.

Viagra recipe People with diabilities do it everyday of their lives.

Viagra recipe She is an inspiration.

Viagra recipe And I am extremely proud of her.

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16 Comments

  • Annemiek
    Annemiek

    April 30, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    You have a daughter to be proud off. Great how she is facing life head on, instead of hide. My oldest brother stutters too, it was always very hard on him. For him some speech therapy has worked somewhat, he still stutters but less. He too faces life head on, and is in a managers position in engineering.


  • TC
    TC

    April 30, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Good for her! She’s facing the world head on(and I think I know where she gets it from).


  • difficult patient
    difficult patient

    April 30, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    I’m inspired . . .Thanks for sharing, Kim. And thank you Lillian for being a great example!


  • DisappearingJohn
    DisappearingJohn

    April 30, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    Sounds like you definitely have a reason to be unbiased! (and proud)


  • Robin
    Robin

    May 1, 2006 at 4:39 am

    I’m glad to have heard your daughter’s story. I see the point of this whole day now.

    Thanks Kim.


  • Attila the Mom
    Attila the Mom

    May 1, 2006 at 8:44 am

    What a beautiful post. Thanks so much for sharing your daughter’s story.


  • may
    may

    May 1, 2006 at 10:33 am

    and i am proud of her too…


  • Jodi
    Jodi

    May 1, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    What a remarkable person your daughter is. Make sure you tell her that for me, OK?


  • Kelly
    Kelly

    May 1, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    Wow. Having grown up with a Father who stuttered, I can understand some of what you experienced. Having a child with a disability, who also has a normal appearance… well I can relate to that as well.

    Beautiful post, and your daughter is simply amazing!


  • Gimpy Mumpy
    Gimpy Mumpy

    May 1, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    So glad to have found your blog!

    I am adding you to my Gimpy Blogroll 🙂

    Happy BADD!


  • missbhavens
    missbhavens

    May 1, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    Stuttering is one of those speech disorders that is wildly difficult to overcome. We can’t even agree on the etiology! My original degree was in Speech Pathology, and we spent some time at a school in NYC where the therapy consisted mainly of gaining control of one’s stuttering by speaking extremely, extremely slowly. Then gradually speeding up. The students would go out to the park with tape recorders and ask folks to be their conversationalists. It worked for some people short term, but they seemed to lapse after awhile–possibly because speaking at at rate that makes asking “what time is it?” a 3- minute endeavor is not much better than stuttering out the same sentance, socially speaking! Good for her. She’s obviously a strong one! Gee…I wonder where she gets that from!?


  • Colin
    Colin

    May 1, 2006 at 6:59 pm

    Once more you prove your mettle as a writer and as a person with important experiences to share.

    I must confess I had forgotten your daughter was in Portland. Send her to Island Joe’s one day! SW 6th and Alder. If I’m there (alas unusual these days), or you prearrange with me, her meal is on me!

    Best regards,
    Colin (aka Island Joe).


  • Rhonda
    Rhonda

    May 1, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    This was beautiful and brought me to tears. I’m so glad I stopped by!

    Thank you for writing it.


  • Kelly
    Kelly

    May 1, 2006 at 8:34 pm

    Just to let you know, I was thinking about this post and your daughter this evening when I was out at a restaurant.

    The waiter stuttered.

    So I smiled.

    And silently cheered him on.

    Thank you for making all of us aware of an “unsilent” disability.


  • Hannah
    Hannah

    May 3, 2006 at 10:47 am

    What a lovely tribute…perhaps one of my favorite Kim posts ever.

    Hh


  • Jo
    Jo

    May 3, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    We had the privilege of meeting Lillian at Christmas when she visited with our son. She is indeed a beautiful young women. The whole family was very impressed with her. We hope she visits again.


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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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