Woman who battled cancer while studying for a college degree in the Highlands hopes her experience may inspire others to pursue their dreams

Sarah Altman.

Sarah Altman, of Gollanfield, graduated from Open University (OU) this year with a first-class degree in environmental management and technology.

The 46-year-old has studied for the qualification for a total of seven years, during a very eventful time in his life.

A single mother of three – Noah, Leo and Hannah – just two years after starting school, she found out she had breast cancer.

Despite the diagnosis and subsequent treatment, she was determined not to give up, even getting a test just 10 days after surgery.

Sarah with her children.
Sarah with her children.

“I have had several surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy,” she said. “While raising three amazing kids as a single parent and working full time, school became a very small challenge! I studied when the kids were asleep, at lunchtime, on train trips, in the car outside waiting for school pickup, whenever I could get it in.

“The support I received from OU allowed me to continue studying, and this year I was finally able to reap the rewards of all these years of hard work. “

His degree has already helped his career.

Ms Altman previously worked in administration at the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, but now works in the Water Environment Fund researching and restoring rivers.

“Studying with the OU definitely helped me land a new position and as I studied it helped me at work, building my skills and building my confidence.

“It gave me so much more than I thought it would.

“It boosted my self-confidence and self-confidence and I’m so proud of myself for getting my qualification.”

His health is improving now, with no signs of illness. Ms. Altmas looks forward to the life to come, dating, and she aims to help other women in a similar situation.

She added, “I am very grateful to the Raigmore Hospital Breast Clinic. They are a special kind of human.

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