Sounds like me, I've put off programming so much that I haven't written but a couple of things, and only one of those is of any use (a keyboard layout generator for Linux). Kind of gets aggravating having to relearn everything all over, but meh, I am not giving up yet, heh.
You really don't need to move to C then C++, you can do almost if not everything that C can do in C++. (At least that's what I've heard, to be fair at most what I've done in C++ is translate some SDL tutorials into C).
Well, if you do happen to get into C, and if my mentality hasn't deteriorated too much by that time, I'd be willing to help. Though, I'm certain it'd be far more prudent to attempt C++ directly. There are a lot of people that'd help you, and if needs be I could even help you (I've had to debug quite a few C++ programs I've installed on my computer. So I may not be able to program in it efficiently, but I've had enough experience with it that it should be useful, heh).