Most people outgrow their stutter after childhood. But for some people, like Caitlyn, it's a chronic condition that persists into adulthood. Growing up, Caitlyn was insecure about her condition and afraid to put herself out there.
That all changed in 2018, when she was a contestant in the Miss New York Teen pageant. "I had to speak on stage in front of a lot of people, judges, and cameras to say my name and what town I was representing. I was so beyond nervous and could barely get a word out, but I did it. And that is when my confidence began to blossom," she said.
Caitlyn was debating opening up about her stutter on the internet for more than a year. "I had so much anxiety making and posting my first video," she said. "But once I saw all the love, support, and heartfelt messages from other kids who stutter, I knew I wanted to continue sharing my story to spread awareness and help children and young adults know that they are not alone."
Since then, Caitlyn has made multiple videos answering the various questions of her viewers. This one about her boyfriend particularly warms my cold little heart:
Caitlyn said she wants her viewers "to know they can do anything they put their mind to...especially younger kids. As a child, I had no one with a stutter to look up to who was anywhere close to my current age. Disabilities are not always visible, and I want people to know that and have an open mind."
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