Like you I don't really want the diploma! This Ph.D is my first book, I needed the educational environment to get deadlines and keep motivation going.
However, I love it... well I chose the exact topic, it makes a difference.
I am so utterly happy I did it, brain fog seriously compromised it all at some point... then I had decided that my health was the priority... too much stress is so harmful. But (I hardly believe) I did it!
Tell me how do you manage your own forum, spare time here and a class? it seems to me that curezone must keep you busy full time!