Viagra recipe Nearly two feet long and almost nine pounds.
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Viagra recipe And she was perfect.
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Viagra recipe Her soft blond hair stood straight up until she was eleven months old.
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Viagra recipe She walked at nine months.
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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 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!
Viagra recipe But she never knows if she loses a job interview, viagra recipe if it was her speech that held her back. Viagra recipe If she’ll be fluent or not each time she answers the phone.
Viagra recipe Every time she opens her mouth to speak, viagra recipe she doesn’t know.
Viagra recipe And it hurts.
Viagra recipe Badly.
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.