Try opening a backup catalog, if you have one.
Try reinstalling Lightroom
If I reinstall LR will my collections with edits still be there? Where do I find a backup catalog? Thanks so much for your time!
Thanks David, I checked some old answers in the forum and found the answer. I renamed the .lrdata folder and voila! I appreciate your help very much.
Regarding where you will find Backup Catalogs. Navigate to the Catalog Settings... (Mac - Lightroom >Catalog Settings... / Win- Edit> Catalog Settings)
In the General tab the first line "Location" will show you where you catalog is stored. Further down, change the option to "When Lightroom Next exits"
Quit Lightroom. You will be presented with a dialog that show the path to the backups.
By default it is in the same folder as Lightroom Catalogs. You can choose to change this location if you have multiple hard drives available.
Thanks again! I was a little upset when I couldn't get a hold of anyone on the phone to walk me through this. I kept getting directed to the forums. I thought, "Oh yeah, that's gonna work!"
To my surprise this is a wonderful source of help. So glad I discovered it, albeit by desperation!