The woman I have found myself to be after these things is not the woman I was before them. She is a stronger, wiser, more compassionate, more open, independent, loving, and giving person. She approaches life with more passion and enthusiasm than was possible before. She has risen from the ashes like a phoenix. She is more beautiful for the pain she has known and the struggles endured. She has allowed the journey, thus far, to make her better and not bitter. In short, I love her.