Dating and college life

The men who are patient with me don’t fit a particular profile.

But don’t worry, I w-w-w-w-won’t make a big deal out of it if-if-if-if-if you don’t.” It turned out that the editor of my college newspaper was in the room that day.I’ve had close friends begin relationships with men seemingly (and suspiciously) perfect, only to learn much later that their boyfriends are privately debilitated by something. Because my disability isn’t something I can suppress or camouflage on first dates, I characterize myself as honestly as I can — and those who take the time to know me often follow suit.A few months into dating my college boyfriend, I began introducing myself as person who stutters.I was in my college boyfriend’s dorm room the first time I spoke openly about my stutter.Though I had stuttered since learning to speak — my deficiencies with spoken language were so evident, my mother rushed me to the pediatrician before preschool even began — I was never comfortable confronting what everyone else could hear: the repetitions, the prolongations, the blocks that lasted so long it felt as though I was falling.