Thank you for sharing your story here. It will be interesting to hear more about this, especially around what you may have learned / be learning about the process. Have you actively engaged in reflecting on this?
In fact, as I am nearing the submission step for my ethical approval / clarifying the sorts of participants I want to interview for this, you may in fact may have the background that may make this a rich process! When I add this request for participants, let me know if you think you may be a fit!