I'm new to this community, and... I'm not even sure what else to say. I don't have a natural talent for social skills but the stuttering destroyed it completely, so i'm always at loss of words.
I remember that I started stuttering in 6th grade, when i moved to America for the second time, but my relatives tell me I stuttered occasionally since childhood. 6th grade was the one of the worst years of my life (I'm 16 now), i had no friends and i even wrote things on paper to avoid talking. It's not that bad anymore, but I'm still afraid of simple social situations.
The problem is my career choice. I decided to be a doctor, but yesterday my mom sat me down on the couch and told me to face it: I can never be a good doctor because it involves talking to people, making them feel comfortable and valued. It's not like I was ever good at saying the right thing at the right time, but now i feel completely helpless when i have do the talking.
I'm not sure what to do. I decided to try and fix the stuttering somehow, and improve my social skills, but i don't think I will succeed. I'm a junior in high school, so there's a lot of pressure to make a career choice. Do i give up on planning to be a practicing doctor and go into research and pharmaceuticals, or can i still change myself to fit my career choice? We are constantly told about the importance of risk-taking, but it is very problematic because of the speech thing.
Thank you in advance for any help!