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Monday, January 21, 2008

I'm Back!!!

When I had my tracheotomy in 2002, I had every intention of completing my studies at Temple University, where I had been pursuing a master's degree in urban studies. However, I found it difficult both physically and emotionally and eventually left school the following year. I never thought I'd return because, quite honestly, I wasn't sure I'd even be around.

Four years later, I'm still here so I've decided to give it another shot. Had I not left in the first place, I likely never would have written my book or launched this blog. But I've always finished what I started, so it didn't sit well with me to leave school. Plus, my interest in cities and the field of urban studies has never died.

So today, with frigid weather conditions outside (see me above all bundled up), I headed to campus to meet with some of the professors in the department to explain why I had left so abruptly in 2003 and to talk a bit about the nature of my disability, something I had rarely discussed with them before, out of concern that it would change the way people saw me. We also discussed possible thesis topics.

I'm hoping to finish my degree by the end of the year. It's not going to be easy, as my energy is limited, but I figure that if I can write a book, I can write a thesis. Even if I do, though, it can't be the end. It has to lead to something. Maybe I won't have a long career but I'm doing this so I can work in the field I love.

Wish me luck. I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress.


moeschen said...

My town in NH (Salem) has 30,000 people and it is a mess as far as commercialism, and sprawl goes. I will gladly tap into your knowledge! I wish you luck, and I am sure you will complete this goal, as you have many many others.

Jon said...


That's good news! I wish you the best for your studies (but you will make your luck). Climb the mountain,you will like the view.

Best regards,

- Jon

Amanda said...


I'm glad to hear you're back in school. Just don't let finishing your degree get in the way of your blog writing (Kidding!). I'm a frequent visitor to Winheld's World and always love to hear what you have to say. I love being in school, I'm trying to figure out a way to stretch it past May when I graduate. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Best of luck to you!


Anonymous said...

go, josh!


Kimi said...

Good luck Josh! Maybe you will motivate me to do the same!

FR said...

Good luck to you! I admire your courage and determination. I have a 10 years old son with Duchenne, a wondeful boy. I have to understand how to motivate him in life...