“Emotional well-being equals powerful living equals increased interest in and access to pleasure of all kinds.” -Evelyn ReshI am a combat veteran and a woman. It seems like a truly empowering statement to make but sometimes feels like more of a cross to bear. I served 8 years in the Army National Guard and a 15-month deployment to Iraq in 2006. My experience was not for the faint of heart. It was just upon arriving in the country that I sustained a debilitating back injury, to later being preyed upon by a fellow soldier, to having my appendix removed in emergency surgery in a tent without solid floors. Oh, and there was a war going on! To say I came home broken, much like many of my brothers and sisters in arms, would be a massive understatement. I was angry, resentful, and could not find where I left my empathy and compassion for others. I knew I needed a reset, a restart, a recalibration. Over the past 12 years, I have enlisted the help of complementary and alternative medical therapies to aid in my personal recalibration. I loved it so much I even graduated with a BS in Health Science with a focus in CAM modalities and became a Licensed Massage Therapist. This journey of reintegration, self-love, emotional/spiritual well-being, and empathetic and compassionate retrieval is the story I care most to share.