Mike, Although I am new to the group, I am not new to fear so I understand the dread that one feels facing risks and what ifs. It occurs to me how afraid I was to come out as gay...I did it was freeing. When I returned to college at age 48, I said I cannot do this, but I went and I did really well. Now I am 50 and in grad school in spite of believing I am not good enough, smart enough or competetive.
I was angry at God for my life, I finally broke down in desperation. I was sobbing in pain, begging for help and it came. So I know facing fears is a risk, but for each time I took the risk, the risk paid off.
I am on my way to becoming a Masters level social worker and it is in my very being to never mislead anyone that might cause harm. I am that sort of person and believe we all are the same. Especially MS. So trust the supporters, trust yourself and go for it. You are so worth the effort. Be well, be safe and only look back to see how far you have come.
When you stumble, make it part of the dance.