Somehow this support forum is a double edge sword for me but I keep coming back because noone else can understand my situation. People around me try very hard to educate me with alternative therapies, mental balance: yoga/meditation/exercises/diet/emotions/self healing/oil of olive/hyaluronic acid etc and I try to apply that (no to the large extent as you cannot change personality within 1 week) but I keep trying.
I totally understand about the forum being a double edge sword. The internet in general is that way. I tend to worry about stuff that doesn't really apply to me. Sometimes thinking about what could happen is far worse than what actually happens.
Everyone seems to have a different experience. It is good that you educate yourself and are open to trying different things. I firmly believe it is mostly trial and error to figure out what works and what doesn't work for you. Hopefully, your doctors are open minded enough to keep you headed in a good direction.
Going forward, I hope you will have your share of wins to offset your losses. You seem to be a sports fan so that will be to your benefit. Anyone who is sports minded understands wins and losses.
The personality part may play a big role. It can be your best friend but also your worst enemy. I believe, based on the content of your posts, your personality will mostly be your friend.