I enjoyed reading this thread because I feel the same way. Even when we tell people about the pressure to get A's because the competition is fierce, we tell them how hard the classes are and all the projects we have and the memorizing we do they just look at us with a blank, clueless half-smile or they say "Oh ya I remember going to school and working too I understand how hard it is. No, if you weren't competing against 100 other people to make the cut just to get into the program while working and juggling a family then NO, you don't understand.
Stay strong and focused. True friends will wait for you.