Phoebe (19) from Leicester

Phoebe developed a stammer around the age of eight. Phoebe was a very vibrant, chatty and happy child but this began to change as the stammer took hold. By the time Phoebe was in secondary school the stammer had reached its worst and even the smallest speaking tasks would fill Phoebe with dread. She felt like she couldn’t express herself and her true personality was being hidden. She felt alone, isolated and held back by her speech impediment. Phoebe has been supported by Action for Stammering Children and is now part of their advisory Youth Panel. It enables young people with a stammer to gain confidence when communicating and build a peer support network. Phoebe is now studying Medicine at university.