Tammy Dove - Change Coach Profile
Location: Missoula, MT USA
Hi, I’m Tammy. I want to share the hope and peace I have found as I have tapped into my God-given wisdom and changed how I view myself and life in general. I have spent the majority of my life trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I battled my weight from early childhood, not understanding that food would never eradicate my shame after being sexually abused. I believed the lie that food would bring me the comfort I desperately wanted. Shame grew exponentially, as did my body. I quickly found myself in the “control cycle” of restriction and binge.
My battle with food partnered with alcohol after my husband of 30 years was in a freak accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. The added stress of supporting this new version of my husband created all sorts of unhealthy thinking and emotions. Fortunately, I had already done a significant amount of work around “managing” my thoughts and had a background in healthcare, which made this transition in our relationship somewhat easier.
Nonetheless, without the support I needed during my husband’s recovery and the understanding I have recently gained through coach training, I abused alcohol in my attempt to make the pain of this challenging transition go away, which only added to my suffering. I am confident that I would have never survived this trying season if I had not learned how to find the silver lining in the storm clouds rapidly congregating in my life. My marriage to this new version of my husband definitely would have imploded.
I am now free from the constant need to drink to numb my feelings and champion others on their path to sobriety. I am a powerful advocate for my husband as his brain continues to heal and support other caregivers. I empower those who have suffered sexual abuse to thrive. And best of all, I am free of the many lies I have believed about myself and my body. I am walking out the truth that “I am perfectly and wonderfully made.”-Psalm 139:14, as I am finding my way to health and well-being from the inside out, one thought at a time. After all, transformation is an inside-out process, as demonstrated by the caterpillar and butterfly. I would be honored to support you as you find your wings and soar.