27 October - Retired on medical grounds
I am now officially retired. Today I received a letter from the pension fund of a former employer to say that they have agreed to bring forward the date when I can receive the deferred benefits on medical grounds. It isn't a huge amount, since it is only a part pension: I left their employment nearly 20 years ago. But it is a whole lot better than nothing. Now I just have to prove the doctors wrong and beat the tumour so I can receive this pension for as long as possible!