I think it might be more charitable to say “imperfect” faith. There is nothing “false” about believing in and loving Christ even if that belief is manifested through a non-Catholic church that has many doctrinal flaws.
The Church certainly doesn’t teach that Protestants’ faith is “false”.
818 “However, one cannot charge with the sin of the separation those who at present are born into these communities [that resulted from such separation] and in them are brought up in the faith of Christ, and the Catholic Church accepts them with respect and affection as brothers … All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers in the Lord by the children of the Catholic Church.”
819 "Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth" are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: "the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements."Christ’s Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to “Catholic unity.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
For the OP, I assume you have been baptized if a Protestant. The process has to work itself out, one must be patient. I’m sure that if there was danger of death (e.g. illness) the process might be able to be sped up. But if not, then as others have said you may be surprised how fast 1 year works out to be. If you’re like me (I’m 55 as well), it seems since I reached my 50s someone hit the “fast forward” button and time is passing with blazing speed
And if God forbid something unexpected happened, God in His infinite mercy will have recognized your hunger for Him and will welcome you in His Kingdom.