After maybe four months (it was around november at the time) I found out that this 'Rebuild' thing I'd been hearing about was more than just a HD rerelease.
I picked up the blu-rays and watched it. The first film I enjoyed greatly but I was a little disappointed since all-in-all it was basically just episodes 1-6 of the original series in glorious HD.
The second one blew my fucking mind so damn hard I had to watch it twice. It was a two-hour whirlwind tour of everything I loved about Rei and somehow, once it was over, I'd realized that it doesn't matter what Rei is or was because she's herself and I love her for that.
By this point it was maybe too late for me, and I had to work to get my life back in order but this time I had Rei's support (as cheesy and stupid as that sounds) and in about a month of hard work and job-searching I was living a normal life again. I made up with my friends, got a new job and I was happier than ever.
Those few months of pain were hard, but they were worth it since the last few years of my life have been absolutely fucking fantastic.
Sorry for the sort-of blogging there, hopefully you'll all forgive me for that.