“Perhaps my silence belies the strength that comes from successfully thriving under the weight of challenges that might crush their soul to smithereens before they reached the first hundred yards of walking a mile in my shoes.”
Many people have made such a claim (if less eloquently), but you are one of the very few who are richly justified in doing so. You’ve walked a path that the great majority of the men in this world (including myself) would fear to tread, and done so not with resentment, but with humility and grace.
Would that we all were so courageous. The world would be a much happier and better place.