Man, I feel bad, but there was a definitely side of me sitting back going "haha suckers! W&M wins!" and I didn't even KNOW I cared about collegiate allegiances
I thought a lot about suicide after I was diagnosed with cancer. Like many other cancers, oral CA has the potential of being debilitating and disfiguring; unlike other cancers, though, oral CA can rip your ability to eat, breathe, swallow, and speak away from you. I got very, very lucky: I had a minor salivary gland cancer that was treated (successfully, so far) with wide excision, no radiation, and I have a prosthetic that allows me to speak, eat, and breathe.
That said, I had a very specific plan (it involved stealing insulin and IV diazepam from the hospital where I work), a specific timeline, and a specific set of conditions to be met before I would allow myself to die. I had then and have now a network of friends who would've taken care of my critters and house, and had socked away enough money in savings to cover debts.
Looking back, it seems unbelievable that I could've planned things out so carefully. At the time, though, it was a huge comfort to know that I had the ability and resources to end my own life if I decided it had become unbearable. Had things not turned out so magically, miraculously well and easy (though it sure didn't seem like they were, going through it), I would have had no problem dying.
The last thing I wanted to be, at 43, was a shell, unable to speak or eat or breathe through my nose, a burden on other people and on myself. The option to avoid that fate ought to be available to everyone.
How I Finished My Dissertation
1. Write one page
3. Eat fried food
Repeat as needed.
@suiterkin ALL WILL BE WELL. BRING A PUPPY TO YOUR DEFENCE FOR GOOD LUCK.
Also: the BBC's Pride & Prejudice came out in 1995. Wet Colin Firth!
@gobblegirl RUN AWAY FROM THE MAN WITH THE BENCH PRESS IN HIS KITCHEN. DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES I DID! SAVE YOURSELF!!!
Wow. Is it weird that I can recognize my sis's writing even as an anonymous poster on thehairpin? LW1, AKA sister, I am close to driving to your boyfriend's and punching him in the face.
@Ellie "Well, I was gonna rape her, but she clearly possesses the rare and unique and terrifying gift of CREATING FIRE, so."
@boyofdestiny The same response could be applied to my suggestion, which was gonna be "Top 10 ways to seduce your attached college professor".