Hi Paula! Welcome to GDS (lol..again)... What a blessing you have with all those munchkins and it sounds like you're staying really strong for them. I've got you in my prayers too as well as your family. I really hope the transplant happens soon and all goes well. I really admire your sense of spirit.
Btw, I use elements and love it. My biggest suggestion to you is to start with quick pages. That way you can get your feet wet "gently" and once the concept of manuevering around seems more comfortable, you'll be off and running! Please holler anytime with any questions or help you may need.