I thought I would start by explaining why I wanted to start this PhD journey.
When I was a little girl growing up in a small town in the North East of Scotland, we used to visit my grandparents most Sundays. My grandad always used to ask which of his grandchildren would be a doctor. In his day, the doctor, along with the church minister and schoolteacher were the most respected professions in the community. Unfortunately, medicine was never a career choice for me. Having had a love of learning throughout my life, I started this PhD on a distance learning basis two years ago with the University of Aberdeen. I may never be a medical doctor, but I hope that my grandad will be proud if I can complete the PhD and be a ‘Dr’.