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Stammer: Regaining My Speech and My Life

Darren Benham

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Stammer is a personal memoir of growing up with a chronic stutter and how it affected the author’s emotional and physical wellbeing. For 29 years of his life he could not say his name without stammering. The book deals with his difficult childhood, the emotional abuse he suffered, and how he used hurling and football to express himself, progressing to playing senior hurling for the Dublin team.

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Stammer is a personal memoir of growing up with a chronic stutter and how it affected the author’s emotional and physical wellbeing. For 29 years of his life he could not say his name without stammering. The book deals with his difficult childhood, the emotional abuse he suffered, and how he used hurling and football to express himself, progressing to playing senior hurling for the Dublin team.

It also charts the deterioration in his mental health, culminating in periods of self-harm and suicidal thoughts following the breakup of his marriage. Redemption comes as the author gained control of his speech and mental health through intensive therapy and gained acceptance with the help of a new relationship.

Topics covered include:

  • Stammering
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hurling and Gaelic football
  • Marital breakdown
  • Familial relationships
  • Speech therapy
  • Mental health
  • Empowerment
  • Self-acceptance
  • Hard work
  • Bravery
  • Redemption

Additional Information

Authors/EditorsDarren Benham
About Author/Editor

Darren Benham was born and raised in Dublin’s inner city to an English father and Dublin mother. His chronic and debilitating stammer drove him to express himself through academic endeavor and sport, particularly hurling. He captained his college team and ultimately secured a place on the Dublin senior hurling panel. A qualified chartered accountant, he runs his own business as an accounting consultant. He is retired from hurling but is currently obsessed by thoughts of cycling around the world.

ISBN978-1-78605-071-7
FormatPaperback
Pages184
Publication Date28 Feb 2019
Short Description

Stammer is a personal memoir of growing up with a chronic stutter and how it affected the author’s emotional and physical wellbeing. For 29 years of his life he could not say his name without stammering. The book deals with his difficult childhood, the emotional abuse he suffered, and how he used hurling and football to express himself, progressing to playing senior hurling for the Dublin team.

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