I passed my work this academic year with flying colours*
Has the stress and struggle been worth it? - actually, yes. I feel that I'm just getting into my stride now, and I'm more confident about the work. I learned a lot this past year, not just about theory and academic stuff, but about myself. Yes, it does take over my life to a large extent, but at least I'm seeing results now.
So, excuse me while I have a little brag, I'm pretty pleased ...
*If I keep this up for another three years, I could get a First. For US readers, it's broadly equivalent to magna/summa cum laude, as far as I can tell.