This is just how I see you too Karion (thanks D_Q for saying it so elequently).. you totally give me the confidence to believe that I too will get to where you are now even though I have been less than perfect along the way and struggle almost every day. I am still very much work in progress, but progressing I amMaybe that's part of what makes it special - you're not Superwoman, you have had blips, binges and all sorts but you're still here, still maintaining - just makes it feel more doable. I think sometimes it can feel to many who are still on their journey that it takes a superhuman to make it to the end. You bring it all to the table - the good times, the hard times - and it really does make people feel as though they can do it too.
I guess, for me, your attitude has more impact than the people who don't seem to have struggled. I would rather listen to advice from someone who understands/appreciates what it is to feel like a failure, than someone who has forgotten just how hard it can be.