I have always had that desire to write and have many stories that invade my mind demanding to be let out. However, my battle with low self-esteem and depression has left me with a serious addiction to procrastination. With all that you have been through yourself, how have you found the will to just 'get on with it' without letting your doubts get the better of you?
I also love that while people tell you to write what you know you see your dragons. My husband once suggested that I give up on the writing and get on with what he thought I did better (I also make plush monsters). I can quite categorically say that the werewolves in me screamed 'noooooooo!'