Being able to step outside my story and see it objectively was tremendous. The insight about how to bring some change, peace, vision and practical application to my life offered me the opportunity for less stress, improved communication with others and clarity to move forward.
It has been extremely important in my life to work through the feelings and effects of the trauma I experienced. This retreat allowed me the opportunity to begin to move forward into the next chapter of my life. Letting go and moving on does not negate what happened. It will always be a chapter in my life but does not have to be the last chapter. I am now able to see a path into the future and have concrete steps to take to begin to move forward.
Being a part of the me-too movement has changed the way I react and feel about flashbacks and memories of “my incident” which happened over 30 years ago. But, it is as fresh in my mind as if it happened yesterday! Thanks to this retreat, life is now livable. The approach is revolutionary in how it helps a person understand her actions and reactions about her personal experience. It is one part healing wounds and another part dealing with the anger that comes along with such an assault. Let us not forget the sadness and anger that ensues after one is attacked, groped, or even raped. Yet, this retreat helps us get a grip on our feelings to not let the fear and anger control our very lives or form a barrier between us and all Humanity. Above it all, we can be thrivers in life!!!
The retreat offered me the space that I don’t always have the luxury of on a daily basis to process an experience that has had a profound impact on my life. I am grateful for the opportunity to reclaim my story and connect with other survivors.
As a childhood sexual and emotional abuse survivor I have lived in a state of questioning my value, contributions and how to appropriately advocate for myself. I stumbled on this retreat during a season of feeling displaced, voiceless, undervalued by others and worst of all myself. I went into the retreat with an open heart and mind. What I encountered was a loving and safe space to share my story and help others with their journeys. In a short period of time, our group transformed from strangers into sisters. The retreat was intense introspective work that helped transform us for the next phases of our life. Weeks later I felt the true impact. I found myself rejuvenated and better able to understand how to prioritize myself and my needs. I noticed a shedding of toxic thinking and an unwillingness to be around unhealthy patterns. Dealing with my CPTSD is still a journey, but I no longer feel suffocated by my trauma.
Tambry’s powerful talk around #metoo enabled women to share the feelings associated with sexual abuse and questions they have. As she opened herself up to let others look inside, her story and visuals allowed others to see themselves in her and want the strength to do the healing work themselves. I am thankful she is willing to share herself and believe that this conversation will help so many survivors feel empowered to become thrivers.
We take Title IX very seriously at Lenoir Rhyne University and when we educate the student athletes about it, we want it to be more than just a checking off of a box. It is important that they understand how critical it is. Tambry did an excellent job using her personal story and examples to bring home the messages we have been seeking to instill - from awareness to intervention and support - our student athletes are now more prepared about and educated in sexual violence prevention. Her talk started great dialogue within our campus at various levels.
“It is out of our own woundedness – when it has been acknowledged and our healing work done – that we can walk with others who have been wounded as well. Tambry is a compassionate and experienced guide for leading you through your process of healing. It is my hope that survivors will seize the opportunity to hear Tambry speak and engage her to help them to claim a full, life-giving story.”
Tambry serves as a humble guide, taking women on the powerful journey toward growth, freedom and empowerment. She has helped so many realize that it is never too late to write a new “Going-Forward” story. If you’re seeking a way to reclaim your life and change from surviving to thriving, Tambry’s story is worth a listen.
As I listened to Tambry, I was struck by how much her story was my story. She has an impactful way of sharing with her heart. She was born to do this work.
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