OK I'm majorly conflicted here.
I can't voice an opinion because I am not in that spot and can only imagine how I'd feel. I'd really really really want a nipple, but that's me.
I do, however totally relate with reasons two and three, the illogical ones. I need to tell you about my voice experience with the hypnosis. When I had had my seventh operation, it still was dysphonic, and the therapists had decided that maybe I wasn't "letting" myself have a voice (please note we didn't bother to ask the surgeon)
I went to a psychoanalytic hypnotherapist. It was an awesome experience!!!!! It opened up a channel to my deep feelings, while creating a safe environment for me to access them in. Until then, we had thought that maybe having a true voice was a signal that I could drink again, that everything was fine, let's forget it and go back to the way it was before. That's what I expected to find out about how I felt.
I discovered that I had a different reason for keeping the bad voice. For me it was proof that I had changed from the type of person I was before the accident. If I didn't have this voice, my changes I had made wouldn't be real. A really different emphasis. Mind you, the dysphonia was permanent, and physiological. I wasn't preventing a better voice, but I learned something I never would have known otherwize.
That you twisted it around to reasons two and three is very insightful. they may or may not be reasons for you, but keep twisting the reasons, and you'll explore what you feel.
All that aside, when you're ready, Erin, you'll figure out what you want. I'm not telling you anything you don't know. You're upset that you're not doing what you think you should be doing, right? shove shoulds. I bet DH is just supportive as all you know what, isn't he? Mine is such a guy sometimes. Yours seemed to really have substance in the supportive venue.
Oh, I could go on and on. Email me and we'll talk.
As for the degree......two weeks!!!!!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius