I guess if that is what is considered a past loser, you can count me in!!!!
But I agree...we really are not losers...we were just young!!
Ok, this should give you an idea of whether or not you can do it...
I began my pre-req's in Summer 2004 (at the age of 27, almost 28), got pregnant December 2004 (whoops) and had my daughter in September 2005 (while still taking classes). I continued classes, took a semester off, returned and finished my pre-req's in the Spring '07 semester. I didn't get accepted for Fall '07 clinicals, but I got my letter and I am starting my Nursing Classes in Spring '08!!!
So, to answer you question, I as a wife and mother (and I work full-time out of the house) can tell you with all honesty that YES, you CAN do it!!! I wasn't very smart in high-school (at least I didn't think I was), but it is a completely different ball-game now!
And as far as bombing the online tests for Algebra...that's why you take the class so they can teach it to you again!! And you'll probably grasp it much better now!!! I used to pass with D's in high-school, but my College Algebra class, I got an A (actually, with extra credit had over 100% in the class).
YOU CAN DO IT!!!!