By the time I was 27 I had broken every bone in my body, some 3, 4, 5 even 6 times and was fast becoming a full-fledged alcoholic because of my insecurities with my speech.
In 1985 I was invited to my 10th High School reunion by the girl I used to tell bad jokes to in the 9th grade.
I kept to myself, never attempted to date for fear of being ridiculed, laughed at, etc.
I kept racing my motorcycle because that was my freedom from everything.
Episode 77 features Lotte Klene, who is 28 years old and hails from Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
I went back home and found a job where I didn’t have to talk to people much (computers as that is what I studied in college).w=300" data-large-file="https://stutterrockstar.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/online_dating_regular_dating.jpg? w=347" class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3556" title="online_dating_regular_dating" src="https://stutterrockstar.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/online_dating_regular_dating.jpg? w=150&h=150" alt="" width="150" height="150" srcset="https://stutterrockstar.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/online_dating_regular_dating.jpg? w=150&h=150 150w, https://stutterrockstar.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/online_dating_regular_dating.jpg? w=300&h=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /A young man wrote a very poignant letter to the on-line group Stutt-l, sharing his concerns about dating and his fears that women never seem to be able to look past his stuttering.The young man ponders will it ever be possible for him to find someone who will be happy with him as he is. Several people responded to 27-year-old Justin, and one man in particular shared his very personal story about his own fears and insecurities. Dear Justin, I have stuttered since I was 5 years old (I’m now 53), so I’ve been doing it so long I’ve gotten rather good at it.Lotte shares that her mother also stutters and how stuttering is normal in her family. We talk about the Facebook group Stuttering Arena and how helpful it has been for her to connect with other people who stutter.We also discuss Lotte’s involvement with The Netherlands stuttering association and the European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA.) Feel free to leave comments for Lotte or Jeroen!I had a Citizens Band radio in my truck (I was called “The Shadow” and she was called “Rainbow”) because there no one knew who I was or anything else but what they heard on the radio.