I HAD A DREAM – TODAY IT BECAME A REALITY

I HAD A DREAM – TODAY IT BECAME A REALITY

This is the moment I have lived, breathed and dreamed of - an email from my supervisor, Prof Shane Norris from Wits Paediatrics Department. I have passed my PhD. What a gift. I haven’t yet assimilated the news, my mind is still trying to process it all, especially as my ANLP team (the great Buffalos) and I only went to bed after four o’clock this morning, as we had to produce the ANLP newsletter for today.

My heart is numb, maybe because I haven’t had much sleep. I am amazed - it feels like a dream. I am blessed beyond belief by the faithfulness of God in my life. I feel like I have been trying to stretch for a goal that a part of me felt was unachievable, a PhD. A big part of me believed that it was possible, but another part wanted to give up, so many times. Yet on the high ropes when we got here, I learnt that anything is possible and kept hope alive. Destiny kept whispering to me - you can make it! I am blessed to receive the news now while attending the ANLP seminar. I couldn’t keep the news to myself, I shared with the ANLP support team at dinner. It seems they also couldn’t keep it to themselves! Everyone was asked to put down their forks, to stop eating and, start clapping their hands at increasing speed and ululate. Jane then announced the news to the entire group. The excitement in the air, felt like home. What a way and place to celebrate the good news. I believe the ANLP is a start to great things for me, a key towards my new and brighter future as Dr Heather. I commit today to use this gift and what I am learning at the ANLP, to lead from where I am.

Heather Sedibe (South Africa)

 

                                                                                                

 

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0 #11 anlp2016 2016-03-26 17:48
Congratulations Dr Heather, I remember that day like it was yesterday! It was such a joy celebrating with you. It also gave me hope to also keep pushing with my PhD. everything is possible if we put our minds to it! Keep keeping on. The sky is the limit and ANLP was the best starting point for the bright future ahead. All the best doctor. Jen
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0 #10 Zione K 2016-03-16 22:42
Your blog is a testimony that dreams do come true and a reminder that we must never lose the faith. You deserve it and even more, keep on keeping Dr Heather...:-) Congratulations
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0 #9 Bisola 2016-03-16 21:10
Congratulations Heather. This is really a great experience especially at this very time of your attendance at ANLP 2016. Continue to lead from where you stand
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0 #8 Oluwatooyin 2016-03-16 18:45
Beloved Heather, congratulations,this is a great achievement and you are just starting. I agree that celebration such in a place like ANLP with people who value PhD is comforting.
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0 #7 Bianca 2016-03-16 13:49
This is excellent news!! Congratulation Dr. Heather! May this be a stepping stone for you in following your dreams and may what you have learned in the ANLP be an integrate part of your journey!!
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0 #6 Katie Pereira 2016-03-16 11:55
Congratulations DR Heather!! What an awesome, amazing and inspiring achievement. I am sure that there will be big celebrations when you go home. Enjoy this moment xxxx
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0 #5 Maryse Umugwaneza 2016-03-16 09:29
Congratulation Heather ! That is great news
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0 #4 Alison 2016-03-16 09:16
P.h. and now D! I am so very happy for you my dear friend - well done, I can't tell you how happy it made me to read your blog. You are a super star! And well done on doing the high ropes, I think that's much harder than a PhD :D
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0 #3 Rosalyn 2016-03-16 07:35
Congratulations Heather, I'm sure its great to celebrate with people who know what a great achievement getting your PhD is.
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0 #2 Jane Badham 2016-03-16 07:31
:lol: CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing achievement. I know you will go places and achieve GREAT things for nutrition in Africa. Look forward to working with you and seeing you lead from where you stand.
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