@ PennyCoyne, DuckHunter, & Pinky,
You make me smile with your kind and wise words of encouragement.
This smile that I wear today...just a few days later from when I felt "paralyzed", is a smille that is the result of healing that is coming from the support of so many wonderful people on this web site who have embraced me, and other fresh victims, with understanding, sage advice, technical assistance (so necessary to catching the scammer), and your empathy.
I feel like the entire group on this forum has taken me from my shattered pieces not even 2 weeks ago, and you have nursed me back 'together', both as individuals and as a collective support group, slowly back to a point where I now have a lot of hope for returning to normalcy. I do NOT feel stupid anymore!! I have stopped beating myself up. My faith in mankind is beginning to return. Thank you!! I am not 100% yet, but day-by-day, I am feeling more hope and even smiling more often than crying.....this much healing in less than 2 weeks. I have great hope now for total healing
One thing is certain, I also have a LOT more knowledge which is empowering. I truly think I could spot a scammer a mile away now, and that is huge.