You go, girl!
I dropped out of school at 15, and because I was in an honors program doing college courses, when I finally got my GED and went back to college 13 years later, I had two WF grades that had to be made up before anything.
I've had instructors tell me over and over again how older students who dropped out/screwed up early on in life are the best students. Not just that, but while I never worked in the healthcare field before nursing school
, I did wonderfully at clinicals thanks to time management and communication skills developed during years in the hospitality industry (waitress and nurse are not that far apart, actually!)
I made it into the honors program in college now, and I'm earning two degrees. I've even learned to stop being embarrassed by my past, which is the best part of all.
Grats, OP. Redemption tastes sweet.