I am proud to say that while my lisp is still alive, it is gradually getting better! My “s” sounds are improving! The “ch” is still difficult, as are “t” sounds in certain words, but overall it is noticeably better than it has been in awhile.
This has been one of my biggest insecurities about myself for a long time. It’s a weird handicap to have. I speak fast and have a Midwestern accent (low vowels) that has been gradually California-ized over the years. Add the lisp and the overall cheerful way I speak and I come off sounding like a perky cartoon character. To hear my lisp slowly improve makes me feel great because I do love to interview people. Most of my best articles are interviews and they’re usually the most enjoyable because they’re so natural and comfortable - like talking to a friend, not a reporter.
There may be a day yet coming when the word “cheese” is not my mortal enemy.