Thank you for this informative and hopeful post. I appreciated all of it and have been down a similar path of emotional recovery in 12 step support groups.
I wish that you had gone more deeply into your recovery process rather than the "compound fracture" thing because, IMO, healing damaged feelings is way different than healing a compound fracture. I would have liked to see all the subtle details of fixing damaged feelings rather than a compound fracture although, in some ways, the process is the same. But then, perhaps just dropping a few hints for repairing emotional wounds will give others hope that it can be done, once their wounds are recognized.