I never deleted my sims folder or electronic arts folder, nor did I uninstall the game from my hard drive.
I'm frustrated and honestly kinda lost all passion for the game cause I'm back at square one - having to re download everything is not worth the effort.
Edit: Forgot to mention that the electronic arts folder completely vanished. I went looking for my sims 3 screenshot folder, only to find that the electronic arts folder was missing entirely.
April 8, 2015 is when I came out of that smelly old closet... 🚶♂️🚪