So although it took a long time to get to the point at which my paperwork was ready to be sent off, just 2 weeks after it was sent off I had a letter today saying my application had been agreed and at the "total incapacity" level meaning I am unfit for teaching or any other work and this is permament. I must admit this was one of those horrible seeing it in black and white moments. The plus side of this is that I get a slight enhancement to my pension.
I must admit to a feeling of relief as I had been warned that early retirement on health grounds from teaching is getting harder to get and I was dreading it being turned down so I would have to return to work. I have asked for my official leaving date to be the end of term so I can go in to say my formal goodbyes.
Just want to thank everyone on here who has supported me through this process.
He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
Julian of Norwich