I'm sorry people were such a-holes to you :(
Good for you! You know I had a thought...something that I've noticed through the past is that there is something about the internet (people being able to hide behind no one really knowing who they are) that makes a lot of people say and do thing that they never would say and do so someone's face. It drives me crazy because I'm one of those people who just wants everyone to be happy and get along. So I say, no point in submitting yourself to those mean people any more than you have to!