After I got my masters, I started my PhD project three years ago. My start coincided with the start of the pandemic. I spent many many months all on my own with little to no help and no equipment at an almost deserted research lab. I would write to my supervisor and sometimes talk to him but their initial ideas just wouldn't work out and somehow I wasn't able to convince them it wasn't for lack of trying. I did my best with the little things I had access to. Since the subject was also out of their usual scope, no one had any knowledge to support me or direct me to the appropriate literature.
After almost a whole year I had the annual talk with my supervisor and he was like you haven't progressed much and when I told him I am sorry but I wasn't even given a frickin camera until last month to record anything and was working with my smartphone camera he told me he wasn't aware of it!!!! I had asked for a camera repeatedly but their answer always was others have priority you will be given a camera once one is free.
I was working at a research center and everyone else was at a university lab about 20 km away. No one was there to witness my struggles or suggest anything. I was hoping that once the pandemic was over things would get better. But nothing happened. This would perhaps be more acceptable if the other PhDs would have gotten the same treatment but they were all sitting at the university lab with their and my supervisor and had easy access to everyone and everything. Once I asked if I could switch my workplace to the university lab and my supervisor told me we can't take everyone to university. Mind you, everyone else starting their phd was given a place at university and I was literally the only phd in this external lab with some postdocs, if they ever bothered to show up that is. Eventually my supervisor and the professor in my project had to accept that what they initially thought, would not work and I had to work on other things.
After three years of struggling, constant desperation, overwhelming feelings of inadequacy and being entirely ignored, I was notified the other day that my funding would not be guaranteed anymore. The professor told me I should start writing my dissertation. Today, I came to work but I started crying in the bus and have been crying since in the lab. I have just submitted one research paper and that's still under review. I can probably come up with one more paper but that's it. I haven't been to a single conference. I haven't had one single undergrad student to supervise. I haven't met anyone and never made any connections. I was literally forgotten and ignored. I just can't anymore... At times I felt like I was kept away because I reminded my supervisor of his failure to be a supervisor. My dissertation will be thin with not enough material to fill the pages because whatever I did was just repeating one single experiment over and over and over again for the past 2 years. I just wanna go home to my parents and forget I ever wanted to work on a PhD. I have an appointment with ny direct supervisor next week to talk about my dissertation but I am so so mad atm that i can't imagine talking to him. What can I do? Should I throw in the towel and forget about the three years I wasted?