Life Interrupted: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Doctoral Persistence with a Diagnosis of Cancer
School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Autoethnography, Cancer, Persistence, Spirituality
Worley, Daryl R., "Life Interrupted: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Doctoral Persistence with a Diagnosis of Cancer" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2120.
The purpose of this autoethnography research study was to describe the lived experience of coping with a diagnosis of cancer at the point of dissertation, while persisting in a doctoral program. This inquiry used an autoethnographic approach to examine the factors that lead to successful completion of a doctoral degree after the devastating diagnosis of cancer. The findings indicated a strong relationship to spiritual faith as a basis for resilience and persistence.