Brief life update: I think this is what healing feels like.
I started a new job on Monday, as a Special Education Teacher Aide. My last few first days at a new job have basically been catastrophes, so I was nervous this would be another emotional gut punch. But I'm relieved to say that I have loved it from the first moment.
I think this experience, working with kind people and sweet students, has helped me begin to make true healing progress. I am breathing a gigantic breath of grateful relief.