Update and Suggestion
This whole thing just SUCKS. It sucks more than anything I have ever had to go through, not least of all because of everything else that happened during this application season. The universe really does have a sick, sick, twisted sense of humor. But in the end, as I told my husband, I WILL have my PhD, if I am gasping my final breaths on life support while finishing up my dissertation. I won't be deterred by cancer or anything else, I've gone through too much to get here.
I will try to get in here (this blog) periodically to update any interested parties, but I am likely to go long stretches between posties. I therefore recommend that if you want to follow this ordeal more closely, you frequent my "official" blog, http://caridwen.wordpress.com/ which is updated with much more regularity than this one at present.
Hang in there, and best of luck to those currently enrolled and those going in next fall - I'm mad with jealousy, but also very excited for you!!!