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Annie Glenn: "People Couldn't Believe I Could Really Talk"

For most of Annie Glenn's life, she was "afflicted with an 85 percent stutter, meaning she would become “hung up on 85 percent of the words she tried to speak, which was a severe handicap,” as her husband, astronaut John Glenn, put it. "Annie barely spoke, not because she didn’t have anything to say, but because when she did, people often assumed she was either deaf or mentally deficient." She learned to speak fluently at age 53, and found her calling, becoming a lifelong advocate for the disabled. “It really is worth everything to be able to help people," she said in 1984. Read more via the Washington Post, and hear Annie tell her story below:

December 19, 2016 by Megan Reilly Cayten