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.