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August 9, 2004

Short Leave in the Fall

Okay, this was by far one of the most difficult decisions that I have made in my life...

I will not be returning to SHU in the fall semester. I'm taking a medical leave of absence.

Knowing that I am a perfectionist and that I do not easily give in, it has been warping to my mind to finally focus on myself rather than ignore things that are ailing me. --I won't go much deeper into the reasoning than that, and I do not apologize for that.--

I am hoping to keep active in the SHU community, but much of what I will and will not be permitted to take part in rests in the hands of someone other than myself. I beg that I will be able to hold positions in the student life to keep on the same page as my peers. Losing that, well, losing touch is what I fear.

I know it may seem superfluous to say so, but I exercise my right to extend myself emotionally towards those that I disappoint: I'm sorry.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at August 9, 2004 1:42 PM


Karissa, you've been a powerful presence on your own blog and everyone else's, but if there are other things you need to do in order to take care of yourself, please give yourself that permission, too.

We'll miss you on campus, but we won't be sorry, because we'll know you're doing what's best for you.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at August 9, 2004 2:56 PM

Karissa, I hope all is well, and I will keep you in my prayers. Make sure to keep in touch, and I shall keep you informed about happenings with Eye Contact. You're making the right choice in a difficult decision.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at August 9, 2004 5:58 PM

Hey Karissa, my buddy in blogspace! I also wish you well and think it takes an intelligent--and strong--woman to take a break from things when necessary. We'll all be thinking about you :-)

Posted by: Donna R. Hibbs at August 9, 2004 7:11 PM

Take care Karissa.

Posted by: rosemary at August 11, 2004 9:36 AM

I hope you're okay Karissa! Last spring when I decided to leave Carlow for medical reasons, it was a really hard decision for me, but I know now that it was the right thing for me. I hope that you feel better and that everything goes well for you!!! :D

Posted by: Steph at August 13, 2004 3:30 PM

My dear blogginator if that is what you need to do by all means - DO IT!!! We will miss you dearly and I will, like Mike, be keeping you in my prayers, but your health needs to come first. I also know what it is like to have to give in to your body when you don't want to. I had to put my entire life on hold in my Junior year of high school for medical reasons. Please take care of yourself and keep in touch my dear!


Posted by: Tiffany at August 15, 2004 7:17 PM

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