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HIT British film The King’s Speech has raised awareness about people living with stammers.

HIT British film The King’s Speech has raised awareness about people living with stammers.

Last week, the Solihull News spoke to two local women who have battled to overcome the speech disorder.

Angie Allbones, from Lyndon, and Jane Jeyes, of Hall Green, said the Oscar-nominated movie really struck a chord.

“I think it will help people understand the fear and frustration that having a stammer brings,” said 33-year-old Jane.

“And also it might make people with a stammer aware that there’s something they can do about it.”

Jane has had a stammer since she was three-years-old and explained what it was like.

“If I was going for a meal at a restaurant with my husband, he would have to order for me.

“I don’t think I realised at the time how much it actually affected my life.”

Mum-of-two Angie developed a stammer after her grandfather died - when she was a child.

“I used to choose the words that I used to try and conceal the stammer,” explained the 42-year-old.

“For me, it was always difficult to say ‘t’. So I could never say I was in my twenties.

“If anyone asked me how old I was, I would say nearly 30, even when I was 22.”

Both Angie and Jane have managed to overcome their stutter using physical and psychological techniques.

Angie gets up at 5am every morning to do the breathing exercises which help keep the condition in check.

“There’s no cure for a stammer, but you can keep it under control,” she explained.

“I always think of it as a monster on my shoulder that I need to keep hold over.”

The two friends attend a weekly support meeting at Acock Green Methodist Church.

To find out more about the course which helped Angie and Jane, go to www.mcguireprogramme.com.

 

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