Wow, thank you all so much for your prayers and concerns! I knew I would be overwhelmed by the response.....and I am!!
I am taking legal action and am very aware of the statute problems, but I have at least another 8 months to take action. I've already talked with a lawyer.
One good thing about all this is I've gained important perspective on life that is rare for a young age....and I've gained many surrogate grand-parents in my pulmonary rehab program (I'm a 26 year old among dozens of people over 65!!)
Thanks again, FoRTers! I'll keep updating the major developments!