>>>Of course it didn't stop my determination, but it caused some major issues and slowed down my recovery...I agree with your comparison, but imagine for one second that some people actually "cut" your fuel supply. Well, there's no way you can drive without fuel...It is basically what happened to me.<<<
So you have learned that one of THE most ESSENTIAL aspects of "learning" is to ensure that you are, indeed, actually free to learn.
I once knew a high school teacher that used to say, "Hindsight is not the only kind of 20/20 vision! Foresight can be perfect vision, too".
Sadly, it causes anyone to 'suffer defeat' (or at least a 'defeated attitude'), if they neglect to see (or ignore/deny) the potential pitfalls BEFORE they start their learning or healing journey.
I doubt that something/someone just 'randomly appeared' in your life and magically gained control of your 'fuel supply'. So (that being the case) someone/something somewhere had the potential to 'cut your fuel supply' before you started your journey...and it's because you failed to look ahead, see that as a very real possibility, and then deal with it appropriately to ensure your freedom that you had to deal with setbacks or temporary defeat.
'Not trying to 'pick on you' Kcirla! I just want this forum to 'speak the truth' regarding our power & potential (and this thread is good 'teaching tool'). The world is FULL of those that claim to care and be our friends that will drag us down by symptathizing, enabling, accepting our stories/excuses, etc.,...hence weakening us. And while that may appear to be nice, supporting, and be politically correct (even feeling good temporarily), true empowerment includes holding each other to the actual standards of our true power, potential & birthright - even if it seems harsh.
The worst possible harshness of all? The consequences of giving up or being defeated!
I'm SO glad your adversity only slowed you down temporarily...and that you perservered & gained even more knowledge that will assist you in avoiding pitfalls in the future!