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So I'm only one day and 4 + pages behind, but have read your story back on page 3519 (Thirty five hundred and nineteen pages, that's monumental!) 4 times now. It reminds me of 2 times in my life I have placed honor and principle above all else to make sure the right outcome was attained. And found that if you believe, truly believe it will work out. It may not work out as you plan, but for each door closed, another really does open.
So when you say "I guess my point in telling this story is, don't let anyone, anyone discourage you from pursuing what you believe to be your right course", better advice is hard to find. Finding the courage and internal faith in one's self to follow them sometime is.