It seems almost odd to call what I have, and will probably continue to have a disability. However, it has brought me extreme anxiety and has had a toll on my confidence in basic speaking and social interaction. In the fall of fourth grade, I randomly contracted a speech impediment. Completely out of the blue, with no warning and no sign. Suddenly I was stuttering like crazy through the most basic of words—“th-th-thank you” and “wh-wh-wh-who said that?”, for reference—and it was mortifying. I was supposed to be the smart kid, and heaven forbid I look like a fool when asking to go to the bathroom.
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