I am taking a departure from my usual content to share a personal experience in the hopes that it may help others in the future. Thanks for allowing me the room to do this.
I want to start by saying that I am very lucky. I have a great family and a great day job. If you didn't know I develop web/mobile applications for a company called Zeal. It is a small but amazing Oregon based consultancy with the knack of hiring smart empathetic people. It is because of them that this story came to pass.