I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I can relate in a small manner to working your way honestly and hard to the top and then due to no fault of your own losing it all.
I went through a horrible divorce and custody battle 3 years ago. I was unemployed at the time as well. Thankfully, during this it was my family I had that stood by me and supported me...financially...(not to good at all with the emotional part).
I was hired on at a job with a huge financial firm and regained my independence and started a new life for myself and my children....I did this on my own. I was so proud...happy....and knew if I could do this....I could do anything.
Unfortunately, a year and a half into my new wonderful job I fell ill....and was not able to recover and eventually lost my job....my townhouse....my savings was drained, and totally hit rock bottom.
I am 36. I need to start over...I'm not too happy about this...BUT I have to remember that no one is going to start my life over accept for me.
Be strong...be confident...try not to see others for how they treat you. There is a way up. Grab onto that ladder and take that first step and keep going. We may slip down a few rungs but hang on tight....as "time" does really matter....and eventually with time you will get back to the top.
Keep positive....and if you have a chance read my below quotation....I picked this up from one of my friends on FB...and I thought it was perfect for me and my life situation.
Take good care!!
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RX: Propanolol, Compazine, Buspar, Celexa, Zofran, Midrin, Ultram, Toradol IM, and Benadryl IM.
"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy....it is what you think about"