The Struggle to Be Okay with Stuttering (Ep. 589)

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Reuben Schuff and Eddie Samp

Eddie Samp joins Reuben Schuff at the 2016 annual convention of FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter. Mr. Samp discusses his lifelong struggle with “being okay with the way I speak” and how FRIENDS has become a second family.

The FRIENDS conference takes place July 28-30 in Columbus. Ohio.

Eddie Samp is a 26 year old person who stutters, lives in Boston, and works in investment management. Eddie has been involved with FRIENDS since he was 7 years old. Mr. Samp returned this year to the FRIENDS convention to reconnect with friends and to give back support to the stuttering community.

Reuben Schuff is an author and roving host for StutterTalk. By profession and passion he is an aerospace engineer, and also, a traveler, a juggler, a Toastmaster, and a person who stutters. He is a workshop presenter for the National Stuttering Association (NSA) annual conference and is the co-founder of the Raleigh Teens Who Stutter (TWST) chapter of the NSA. Reuben also facilitates and presents with FRIENDS (the National Organization for Young People who Stutter). Reuben is author of the chapter Fluency: My Untrustworthy Friend in the StutterTalk book: Stuttering: Inspiring Stories and Professional Wisdom.