I just wanted to send a thank you to everyone who has helped me in repairing me credit. I have officially been able to remove 9 collection accounts (An Afni deletion even!) completely from my credit report. I still have one original creditor I'm learning to deal with and some student loan mix-ups, but I will say the wealth of information on this board (by doing tons of searches and reading tons of threads) is what got me to where I am today. I started in September of 2012 and was able to raise my score substantially since then, I have a ways to go to get to where I want to be, but all in all the experience has been good.
For all those still fighting, keep plugging away, it takes time, but you will get results!!