"I've had offers from campaigns and PR firms about work" he wrote. "But my goal right now is my family and health [my emphasis], but like the mythical Phoenix, I will rise up again, but it won't be from any ashes."You can't be the Phoenix, Michael, without the ashes. The ashes are the whole point.
Without the ashes, you're just a big ugly bird who sat around for a while and then flew off.
Although your metaphors (and similes, too!) need work -- maybe finishing that degree will help -- you do have the beginning thread of a good redemption narrative: your health. You can make that so much better and more effective if you check yourself into rehab somewhere -- preferably someplace prestigious -- for an addiction.
There is one kind of addiction that might be especially plausible.
A stint in rehab can shave six months to a year off of a good redemption story.
You might even be able to find a place that offers writing workshops: get the wood out of those metaphors.