Mastered!

So you remember that dissertation that was kicking my butt a few months back? Well it turns out it was I who did the butt kicking! Yes, I was delighted to learn a couple of weeks ago that  I earned an “A” on the most important thing I have written to date. The piece was a work of non-fiction which provided a glimpse into the tumultuous time in my life when my newborn son fought valiently for his life and the gamut of emotions during that period. And now, he is 7 years old, an absolute joy, with a cluster of special needs ranging from hemiplegia (a form of cerebral palsy), speech delay, learning delay, and the odd seizure — but he is still here, still my shining star. He defied all the odds and provided the inspiration for me to master this Masters!

As you can imagine, a whole lot of tears and sleepless nights went into this degree and receiving such a great grade certainly made the journey worth it. Two days ago, the university officially awarded me my Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Industries. I am beyond proud!

Next up, graduation on 18th September — what fun to wear that cap and gown one more time!

And no, I won’t stop here. There is indeed a Ph.D. on the horizon….  🙂

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2 thoughts on “Mastered!

  1. Congratulations! What a huge achievement and what a wonderful tribute you have made for your son in the form of your dissertation. I had often thought of writing a non fiction of my experience raising my son Cody who was born early and is also a hemi with various delays and the occasional seizure. I imagine writing that took a whole lot out of you, emotional draining but obviously well worth it. Enjoy your graduation!

    • Thank you so much! It really was quite the journey but I am so glad I did it. We both have very special boys indeed. Tell your story — even if no one ever sees it, it will be incredibly therapeutic. Hugs. 🙂

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