I promised an update of the goals that I set for last year, well first of all I should share those goals with you:
PhD - Finish and write up all primary research and findings.
Learn to fly
Write and publish a book
Finish biomedical science access to HE
Start biomedical science degree
Lose 1 stone in weight
So how did I get on, some are complete and some I am still working on but I think that’s ok, its not like there weren’t a million other things going on.
I have just sat my PhD upgrade viva and passed it and I have completed the first round of research. This year I need to write up the research, do the second round of research and write it up and finish my methodology.
I CAN FLY A PLANE! This is the most amazing thing in the world. Thanks to FSDP not only can I fly a plane but mentally I feel a more like me again than I have done in 3.5 years.
I have written about the first quarter of the book, so it is still a work in progress.
I successfully completed the access to biomedical science, with all merits and distinctions. This is the equivalent of A-levels in physics, biology and chemistry.
I have not started a biomedical science degree yet – I deferred my place for 1 year because I was away learning to fly at the time I would have been starting Uni. I am hoping that I can take up my place in September next year, on a part time basis. That way I can do it in my own time and at my own pace, especially as it is purely for interest and to learn more about my condition.
I did start swimming again but stopped with a surgery and having the line in. If I have the port-a-cath fitted, one of the wonderful things about that is that it is under the skin, so I would still be able to swim.
I started adult ballet and stopped due to surgeries but I am hoping to go back to it this year, it is great for strengthening the ankles.
I lost just over a stone.
As you can see, some are still a work in progress but I am proud of what I have achieved last year despite being ill. Now I need to come up with the 2018 goals – watch this space!