Saturday, January 31, 2009

Simply Amazing.......

My son Alex has always struggled with a speech disfluency, stuttering. Which has also been linked to anxiety/nervousness. He has spent countless hours in speech therapy, at school, medical professionals, and a nearby college. He has also been on medication for anxiety, seen therapists in the past. He is no longer on any medication. Being a teenager, you can only imagine how hard this is for him. Talking on the phone is a major ordeal, participating in class, going to social events, its all been a huge challenge for him.
This morning, I put my son on the bus to attend his first speech meet. I never thought in a million years that my son would be attending speech meets!!! He did not seem one bit nervous, has been talking fluently about it all week. (normally, events like this would trigger the stuttering)

Here he is, ready for the meet.
Last year, he attended the State FBLA Conference, and placed 3rd in his event, from there, attended the National FBLA Conference, and placed 6th in the Nation for his event!!! This year he will be running for State Parlimentarian, with hopes to attend the National Conference again.
The cookie cake they had made for Alex at the Nat. Conference.

On top of all the Glory, the Cardinals will be playing in the Super Bowl tomorrow. It's been a long 2 weeks anticipating this game.....it's almost made ME crazy!!!
My Cardinal Fans :)

Please keep Alex in your prayers, as he continues to add new chapters in his life. He is proof that miracles really do happen, and the power of prayer is a wonderful gift.

Have a great Saturday, I will update on the speech results as I get them. Alex is scheduled at 10:36 am.



5 comments:

Beth E. said...

I just read your post...looking forward to hearing about Alex and how he did! What an amazing young man he is. Praise God for the work he is doing in Alex's life! :o)

Debbie said...

Good Luck Alex!!!!!

God Bless~
Debbie

Farmchick said...

Way to go Alex!! Looking forward to hearing how he did at the meet!!!

~Tania

Anonymous said...

GReat job Alex! Let us know how you do! I also stutter so can relate to the challenges we face in such circumstances. As a person who stutters, it is great to have a network of support from other people who stutter. The National Stuttering Association (NSA), which is the largest self-help non-profit organization for people who stutter in the country, offers several programs which provides the opportunity for people who stutter to meet and interact with other people who stutter at local chapter meetings, workshops and annual conferences in which over 600 people who stutter (including kids and teens) attend each year! To learn more about the NSA, please visit them at www.westutter.org or contact them at info@westutter.org or 1-800-937-8888. We are proud of you Alex for not letting your stuttering stand in the way of what you want to do or say!

Cathy O.

acutescrubnurse said...

Cathy,
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. We are member of the NSA. However, have never attended the Nat. Conventions due to conflicting dates, and the $$$. We have had State meetings, but are always held 3 hours away from where we live, in the middle of the week.
Alex has been doing so well, it's so exciting to see him grow into a public speaker.
Thanks for the comment,
Rita