TJ, thanks for all your advise.
I have a passion to learn, and one great way is to copy the steps of anothers methods, which is why I wanted to know your steps. I'm really going to take your advise and I've summarised what I've got from your advise for people here, because there is no doubt that what you've produced is outstanding, and in such a short time.
1. Do the Carder Method exactly as it is given. Do not change anything. Stick to it and redo it until you are faster and trained in it.
2. It helps to sculpt the subject using the paint. This will help you give it form and make you think how the light falls on each object.
3. Keep at it until you achieve your targets.
I will write these down above my easel to remind myself. In the mean time I'm going to put my current self portrait on the side and start on a still life using Mark Carder's method.
Sorry to hear about your conditions. As I said, you are an inspiration and this is even more true now you shared that. But I hear you, it's like Doc from Back to the Future said, "Marty, put your mind to it and you can accomplish anything".
Thanks once again