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Stuttering is… Every Waking Moment…but, it doesn’t have to be.
In 2012, twenty-five-year-old me laughed at the inevitable end of my marriage, cried when I couldn’t make a coherent phone call to get help for my ailing dog, and finally broke when I failed a once-in-a-lifetime interview to become an FBI agent. A debilitating stutter had sealed my destiny—until I decided to fight for my life.
Every Waking Moment is an intense, vulnerable, and insightful memoir showing how the struggle to communicate shapes the coming of age for those who stutter and what it means to accept your stutter.
For millions of people worldwide, stuttering, also known as stammering, is defined by an endless uncertainty of how to escape its trauma and stigma. Thus, I face my greatest fears as I underwent an extraordinary transformation that leads him to life fulfillment:
- To find my one true love in marriage,
- To discover community in the National Stuttering Association,
- To an innovative speech-language pathologist who implores me to face my stutter, not hide it,
- To the frontlines of US national security in a dream job,
- To train for and finish brutal Ironman triathlons, and
- To what was once thought impossible, fatherhood.
I examine my through-life process of change to illuminate how one transcends disability once and for all, inspiring each of us to pursue the improbable—self-acceptance and a fulfilling life.
Every Waking Moment is one of those rare stories that fearlessly proves how we are changed by what we do in connection with others, no matter how long it takes, nor the obstacles we must confront.
Media & Buzz
Myspeechapp Blog | Learning How to Stutter | 19 October 2022
Cadence Speech Blog | Christopher Anderson On Healing Stuttering Trauma Through Storytelling | 9/28/2022
My Stuttering Life | Christopher Anderson Shares Every Waking Moment of His Stuttering Journey | 11/30/2022
Stuttering Foundation | Every Waking Moment with Christopher Anderson | 11/9/2022
National Stuttering Association | Book Launch Q&A Event | 10/19/2022
StutterTalk (Episode 715) | Take Back My Life from the Trauma and Stigma of Stuttering | 10/19/2022
Open Stutter | Every Waking Moment (Book Preview) | 2/18/2021
StutterTalk (Episode 466) | Thriving with Stuttering | 8/27/2014
January – Spero Stuttering SLP Book Club