Thank you so much for responding and sharing; I was also worried about the reception I would get, but everyone seems to be really nice.
I had a friend who struggled with it too, but she has a family and a life of her own and she and I were never able to get together. It would be really nice to be able to talk with someone who understands, though it's rather hard for me to talk or ask for help. As I said before, I tend to be shy and I'm also one of those "do-it-yourself" problem-solvers; unfortunately this is one problem that I have been failing at miserably.
Thank you again!