“When I change, everything changes”.
As you say Andrea, the bills will still have to be paid, the food cupboards filled, the feelings of regret, anxiety and shame for what has been done will still linger and will have to be dealt with. No magic wand will be supplied but the way you look on all those things from now on will be different. Everything fell into place for you just when you needed the bit of hurdle help. Well done on grasping the Lifeline. We don’t always get a second chance.
I agree with Micky. YOU did it Andrea! You really did!
Stay in touch with your new friends. I’m sure there is a special bond between you that will never fade.