Instead of telling a long story that I probably won't remember all the important details, I'll take questions that you are probably trying to figure out.
I've been through the highs and lows of this for 10 years. Scary stuff can happen, and so can great stuff. By posting this I want to learn something and teach something.
Also, I'm bored. Boredom sucks. And the greatest way to deal with boredom is to help others.