Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Good news for once: We'll take it where we can

I've been feeling beaten down by the infertility part of our lives. Really saddened by it, and for the moment stymied. And one of the things I've been trying to do to cope with that is make sure that the other parts of my life - the non infertility parts - don't wither away and atrophy from lack of attention.

One of those areas has been my physical health - eating, weight, etc. Which I am working on (more in a later post).

The other is professional. I finished my PhD a while back and have been completing a postdoctoral fellowship. In my field there is also a licensing exam that has to be passed once you've accumulated 1750 supervised hours. This test is notoriously onerous and is sort of the Bar exam of psychology. I've been studying for it for a while, but really ramped it up after we lost the baby in November.

And I quietly took the exam a couple of weeks ago. (gulp).

Yesterday, I got a letter in the mail.

I PASSED!!! And cooler than that, not only did I pass but I earned a score in the mid-90s! (figuring I can brag a little since this is an anonymous blog)

What a relief! It's such a feeling of accomplishment to have finished this final hurdle to allow me to practice independently after years (and I do mean years) of classes and practicums and internships and dissertation research and writing and defending.

It's great to feel that I can actually influence something - that I can set my mind to something and achieve it - even if this whole baby making thing feels hopelessly complicated and confusing at the moment.

So a minor celebration going on over here. We'll take the good news where we can.

Mo



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60 comments:

Kathryn said...

Congratulations to you! You must be an amazing mulitasker. This is great news. Thanks for sharing.

serenity said...

Congratulations - that's a HUGE accomplishment. Well done.

Honestly, realizing that there ARE things in your life where you can work hard and see success? It's a big deal. Running is like that for me - if I work hard at my training, I see results. Feels a little bit like I'm taking my life back from all of the uncontrollable stuff, you know?

Anyway. Well done. So happy to hear this.

xoxo

Christy and Kevin said...

Mo,
Please email me christyfaglie@yahoo.com

I have something to say that I do not want to put in public comments.

Christy

Em said...

Congratulations! That is a GREAT accomplishment! Way to go, Mo!

sprogblogger said...

YES! YESYESYESYESYES!!!!!

Well done, girlfriend! Congratulations and - NO MORE TEST! WOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

runnyyolk said...

Congrats!!! So exciting.

gwinne said...

Congratulations, Mo!

MyTwoLines said...

Super duper congrats! I remember feeling that way after passing my lipidology boards last year, in the midst of everything else it was something I could DO.
I hope you do something wonderful to celebrate!!

It is what it is said...

Mo:

CONGRATULATIONS. This is something be celebrated and reveled in.

It is SO important to acknowledge accomplishment and this is a BIG one.

I don't even 'know' you but I am so proud of you!

TeeJay said...

Congratulations! You have every right to brag and celebrate and be happy...you have worked so hard for this. Wonderful news!

DM said...

Mo, Congratulations!!

Dora said...

Go ahead and brag! You deserve it. Congrats, doctor. :-)

LisainSK said...

Huge congratulations to you Mo! What an accomplishment indeed!

Brenda said...

Mo, that's GREAT news! Congrats, you deserve it for all of the hard work you have done!

Christa said...

Wow! Congrats Dr. Mo!

Nepsi said...

Congratulations! :)

Pie said...

Holy shit - you scored in the 90s on the EPPP??? YOU ROCK!!!! That is amazing, you should brag!!! Great work Mo, you are one smart girl!

Another Julia said...

Congratulations...you have definitely earned the right to brag!
I genuinely hope that the rest of your life follows suit, and falls perfectly in line. Good luck to you..I hope the future brings even more good news. :)

Glass Case of Emotion said...

Congrats- that is awesome!

Courtney said...

Congratulations! That's is certainly cause for celebration!

Barefoot said...

Congratulations!! What a great accomplishment. You deserve to celebrate at least a little bit.

Miss Megan said...

That is STEALLAR Mo!! Congrats congrats congrats!!
It's great to be able to be in total control in some aspects of life isn't it?! So happy for you! You go girl =).

Marcia (123 blog) said...

You are fantastic! Congratulations, Mo.

Lisa said...

Terrific news, Mo! Congratulations - what an accomplishment!

Secret Sloper said...

What an incredible accomplishment! The thought of finishing my doctorate is like a far-off dream, so I'm super impressed that you managed all of this while undergoing such hardship. You are such a rockstar.

Carole said...

Congratulations!!! SO happy for you to have some good news!!

Auntie Em said...

Congrats Mo! That is an amazing accomplishment, and you have every right to brag! I can't imagine the work it takes to obtain your PhD and pass such a difficult test! You are awesome!

limbolady said...

Congratulations, Mo! What a HUGE accomplishment. I know it is on such a different spectrum than the whole fertility thing, but to have such success on any spectrum is a wonderful thing. Kudos!

Clare said...

Great news! Well done indeed. Definitely worthy of a celebration - i wish you many years of success in moving on in your career. These things are good as it reminds us we are more than IF.

SassyMama said...

Well done, Mo.
Well done:)

PJ said...

Hell yea!

I am so happy something good, and a really good something good, has happened in your life!

mj said...

From one postdoc to another...I can't believe you have been dealing with this all while postdoc'ing! And that you were focused enough to pass a licensing exam. Good for you!

'Murgdan' said...

Congrats, Mo!

What an incredible accomplishment.

Peaches said...

Wow! Congratulations!!! Way to put your energies into something productive and positive...and in the 90's! You are amazing!

hil said...

Hurray! Congratulations!

Kahla said...

How awesome, you do have every right brag... congrats!

Jenni said...

Congratulations!!!

Miss Ruby said...

oh congratulations!!!! you should be so proud!!

~x~

Dandle Dreams said...

Congratulations. What an accomplishment - to be able to focus on such a difficult task during a time of grief, and come out on top. Amazing work.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! you're one amazing lady!!

linda said...

Congrats Mo! Completing something this big with all that you've had on your plate is clearly a massive accomplishment.

tammigurl said...

Congratulations!!!! Such a huge thing to accomplish!!!!

Brenna said...

You're an inspiring individual, Mo! To accomplish such impressive things with so much on your mind -- well, clearly it's an industrious, well-honed multitasking mind you have there. Congrats on the huge accomplishment!

conceptionallychallenged said...

Congratulations! This is a great accomplishment, even more so with everything else you have on your plate. I so much hope that you'll get positive news in other areas of your life soon, too.

Life Happens said...

Congrats on your accomplishment! What a great milestone. You deserve to celebrate all the blessings in your life. :)

Emily Erin said...

Congratulations-- you should be really, really proud of yourself for managing to be a total rock star! Way to focus on what you *can* do. Cheering from here!

Jacksmom said...

That's spectacular news!!!! Congrats! You must feel so relieved to have that done and out of the way!

musicmakermomma said...

That's great Mo! I was wondering how things were going professionally for you. Hoping you'll have some good news on the IF front soon as well.

Alexicographer said...

Wow -- congratulations!!! That is fabulous (especially the 90s part; impressive!).

Mabelb said...

Wow, well done! You have an amazing ability to focus, I really admire you.

Baby bump bound said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

winter blue said...

congrats Mo - that is a wonderful achievement. you should be very proud!!!

Jem said...

Mo, you should brag! That's great news! We are very proud of you!

A ray of sunshine always feels good!

Danielle said...

Hooray! I know what a big deal this is. Very impressed, Licensed Dr. Mo!

TXGirlie said...

Amazing accomplishment, Mo!! Congratulations, Dr. Mo!!

T.

Heather said...

Hooray! What great news. You must feel like a small weight has been lifted.

Hoping and Waiting and Wishing said...

Congrats! Dr. Mo, I am a psychologist too! Such a great accomplishment. I also quietly took the test and I know from first hand experience how hard it was. You really rocked that test.

I am laying in bed after a laparscopy yesterday ouch. the doctor was trying figure out wjat my problem is. Now we know endo. I have been reading ur blog for some time now and u really have down ur homework. Can u recommend an re in nyc thay has good success rates ?

What IF? said...

Wow, Mo, that's incredible. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment!

WiseBursche said...

Congratulations Mo! So nice to hear that!

Rub on that little inspiration on me too...I am just too not-in-the-mood to finish that thesis of mine.

But I am so so so glad you are doing well in the professional arena.

Hoping and Waiting and Wishing said...

Come on girl, where are you? Worried for you.

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