St-st-stop Stammer timeBBM once had a friend who suffered from a stammer and also had Tourettes. People kept asking him if he was cold.

But while it’s perfectly natural and healthy to poke fun at people who stutter or are slightly different to the rest of us in some way, those same people actually find it an inconvenience.

Just ask the rather unfortunately named Rachel Rickard – who has trouble pronouncing the letter R. After 24 years, Rachel has finally managed to say her own name after taking a new form of therapy involving breathing exercises.

“Now I get such a kick out of just saying Rachel Rickard. It’s more brilliant than anyone who doesn’t stammer could ever imagine,” she said.

Well Rachel, that really deserves a rapturous round of congratulations. Now you say it.