Alexis, my heart goes out to you. Your pain is evident in every sentence and I am truly sorry such difficulties have found you.
I also read a lot of strength and resolve in your words and that is cause for celebration.
I can’t say much that doesn’t come off cliche but I will anyways.
Those people that have turned their backs on you and been unsupportive have done you a favour. When someone shows you who they really are, believe them. When one door closes another door opens and even though it sucks when you are in the middle of it, better days are ahead for you as sure as the suns will rise again tomorrow.
You have a strong sense of your own self worth and the world is filled with people that are empty shells, living but not truly alive. You have dared to reach and take what is rightfully yours and for that.
so many less brave souls will seek to punish you for showing them how small they really are.
Be well, you are not alone.