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WHY IS IT CRUEL?

I’m sure you’re reading this wondering, why is stuttering “cruel“?

This intriguing phrase popped into my mind after I experienced some fluency issues while on vacation with my family.

All had gone well until I ran into a speech block while doing a typical, everyday thing we all take for granted — placing a simple lunch order.

It reset any confidence I had built up in my fluency, and anyone who knows me is aware that I’ve put in a lot of time and effort working on it. Needless to say, I was absolutely demoralized and deflated.

I kept mostly to myself for the rest of the day until we decided to visit the beach, an obsession my daughter and I both share. We were all enjoying a quiet moment together in the water when I suddenly turned to my wife and uttered the phrase that perfectly summed up all of my struggles with speech:

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