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Supportive group inspires those with stutters to cope and move forward

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We Stutter Upstate (May 1, 2018/FOX Carolina) We Stutter Upstate (May 1, 2018/FOX Carolina)
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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Imagine what it must feel like to lose control of your speech in a recurring and unpredictable way.

About one percent of the world’s population stutters and a local supportive group is giving its members the resources to accept their stuttering, cope with it and build the self confidence to improve their communications.

One member of We Stutter Upstate, Jake Ohlinger, says he’s known as the "stuttering auctioneer."

He sounds pretty smooth in front of an audience but says his speech doesn’t come as easily as it may seem.

Ohlinger says, “There are so many anxiety things happening within my system, my stomach, my throat, my mind, my stomach walls meet. You accept it and move on It has happened in my auctioneering. Sometimes a stutter does come up and I’ve learned to blend it right into it.”

John Moore is the chapter president of We Stutter Upstate.

“My stutter was very strong all throughout my life until my mid 20s when I found self acceptance," Moore said. "By finding self acceptance I was able to gain confidence in who I am as a person which enabled me to put myself out there and challenge myself to talk in public.”

We Stutter Upstate holds open meetings on the first Thursday of every month. Visit the group's website for more information.

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