I wanted to say thank you for your support. The comments on here, and the messages from people sent separately, are lovely, and certainly help lift my spirits. It gives me a warm feeling to know people are thinking of me and wishing me well.
By coincidence, I came across this quote from Virginia Woolf:
Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.
So, this ordeal might have its uses after all!
Thank you again.