Good news

Hi all,

Hope you are all having a lovely Sunday.

Just wanted to share some of my good news with you all. I hope you don't mind. After studying very hard for 2 years as well as working full time I have graduated from my PGCE teacher training and have been awarded a Distinction ๐Ÿ˜€. At times I didn't think I'd get through it with my health issues but with the support from my family and my husband learning to cook ๐Ÿ˜‹ I have. I'm so pleased that I persevered, it almost feels like a victory against inflammatory arthritis ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‡.

Thank you for all your support and advice, being able to read and post here has been invaluable.

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  • It is a great achievement . Well done.

  • Hehe๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ™‹

    Thank you

  • Congratulations. Farm

  • Congratulations on your success.

    It certainly is a victory and with a distinction too.!!!

    Very well done on your achievement,you have a lot to be proud of.



  • Thank you x

  • Well done my lovely xx

  • Very well done 1-0 to you over arthritis xxx

  • congratulations ! welcome to the teaching club! x

  • So happy for you. Well done.

  • Well done!! x

  • Congrats!!

  • Congrats, gwynedd !! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • Thank you so much everyone, it was definitely worth all the hard work. I hope it encourages others to follow their own personal goals.


  • Congratulations. What an achievement.


  • Congratulations and well done. This post will give lots of encouragement for people who are struggling. โ˜บx

  • Well done you!!! All the best for the future too! X

  • Well done you, it just shows that what life throws at you /us we just carry on, go girl.๐Ÿ†

  • That's really really great to hear! Congratulations!!! it's inspiring to hear a post like this. I was diagnosed recently and It's early days but I've had very dark days thinking my life is over! I've always worked in the arts and my work has always demanded a lot of physical as well as mental energy. I have 2 young children and thought I'd not be able to be a good example to them and someone they can be proud of but this is really inspiring. I want to retrain anyway as I don't want to go back to my previous career as the hours were also very very long and aren't really compatible with family life! I hope I can do it just like you even if it takes time. I still want a fulfilling career and it's wonderful to hear such positivity. Well done! And Good Luck!!! X

  • Thank you so much Clare.

    Like you I was also in the arts but I have been teaching art SEN now for 2 years within further education and I love it. Im in my mid 40s, so it seemed a gamble to retrain but it has definitely paid off, I'm doing a job I love that is very rewarding. I believe that life is what we make it, we get dealt the cards but in a strange way what seems to be an end can actually be the beginning of something even better.

    I'm mindful that there are others much worse than me and I know that our disease is a challenge but Clare, you go for it girl! xxx

  • Yay!! Good news indeed! Thank you for sharing, anything inspirational should be shared & graduating with a distinction is certainly an achievement even without RD. Many congratulations. How about adding your achievement to the Remission Mission, it's worthy of addition x

  • Thank you nomoreheels, I hadn't heard of the remission mission I'll add my news. X

  • Thank you! That's wonderful! I worked as an art foundation teacher in FE about 15 years ago and then went into costume work as a freelancer in tv/film/theatre. I've often wondered about returning to teaching but I'm also interested in psychology and therapies. My youngest is only 2 and I'm a stay at home mum so I'm going to decide over the next year what to do. It's really exciting to hear your success. Wish you all the best! X

  • Congratulations , you must have worked so hard & your results tell all. So lovely to read such good news positive posts. xx

  • Congratulations on achieving your teaching qualification. You are quite an inspiration to others. RA is quite a depressing illness and therefore it is easy certainly from my point of view is to tell myself 'don't bother trying to do this you won't succeed, you'll get too tired or the brain fogg will take over. etc.' Your story inspires others like myself to say 'bugger it why not give it a go.'

  • Hi munchkin, I did suffer with the brain fog and tiredness but I paced myself and prioritised. I made a conscious choice between what had to get done, what needed to be done and added a bit of what I'd like to do. Housework was not my priority I might add๐Ÿ˜. Go for it!

  • Fabulous news gwynedd, well done!


  • well done x

  • Congratulations, I know it must have been challenging. You will be rewarded as I know you worked very hard and with your health. I was exhausted all thru college, it was a long journey, I understand. My best wishes for you.

  • Thank you jewel8888.

    It was indeed hard work, I've been teaching 4 days a week alongside my pgce so it completely took over my life. Now life is easier, just teaching lol. What was you studying?

  • That's fantastic Gwynedd. Well done. Good teachers change lives. What subject did you study/ages do you teach?

  • Hiya pinksugarmouse,

    Thank you ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    I teach art and design to post 16 learners who are high functioning autistic . Absolutely love my career, lots of responsibility and hard work but it's worth it when you know your making a difference. Especially with learners that are capable of a high level but due to their spec needs can't cope with mainstream. Its them that have helped keep me going even when I've felt really rough.

  • Now that really is making a difference. Helping people who are bright but face big challenges to meet their potential. You are an inspiration.

  • Hi gwynedd,

    Well done. Keep up with the good work.

  • Thank you Amy_Lee


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