I’m in a similar situation myself. Lost my old career due to a serious health issue, have been unemployed for a while, also stopped attending college due to my health, and I am 30 years old with no experience in the industry.
After getting to this point I created a LinkedIn profile and started being active on there. The result was I was contacted by a bunch of HR people and recruiters. I was very surprised at how much interest I was garnering on LinkedIn, Indeed, etc. Turns out I was underestimating myself a little.
My advice to you is to be active on job sites, especially LinkedIn. Start blogging about your projects either on your own site, Medium, Steemit, etc. Share your posts on LinkedIn and actively “connect” with developers on there and you’ll be surprised how much interest you get.
With zero experience in the industry, no degree, and a work gap I had a phone interview for a senior React position last week. I didn’t even apply for the job, the HR person found me. Turns out they couldn’t hire me for the position due to the lack of professional experience but the fact that an HR person saw my projects and was impressed enough to contact me for a senior position was a big boost for me. I made a connection and they told me if they have junior/mid level openings in the future they’ll consider me.
My point is I was underestimating myself and I think you are too. For me a big part of it was my health itself and the effects of having a chronic illness. I’m now seeing a new doctor and taking care of myself medically. Now that I’m feeling better and more confident in myself I am going to start actively applying for jobs and start interviewing.
I don’t want to ramble for too long. My point is you’re closer to being employed in this industry than you think. Take care of yourself health wise, get active on LinkedIn/Indeed, keep learning new things and blogging about them, make a nice portfolio, and somebody eventually is going to look past the lack of degree and the work gap. Clear your head and keep working at it and you’ll get there.