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Dr. Jamila Battle shares her story of moving from abuse to abundance.
Dr. Jamila Battle, author of from Abuse to Abundance: Reboot Your Soul – Repair Your Heart – Rebirth Into Prosperity, is a compassionate and powerful woman tempered by the fire of years of abuse. She defied the odds and climbed out of the mayhem of her upbringing to achieve great success. She earned her way to a prestigious university and became a medical doctor with specialties in sleep, trauma (abuse), addiction, and mental health. Born in Atlanta, she moved to Los Angeles at the age of two. After 5 years, the family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Raised in Chattanooga, Dr. Battle went to the Baylor School, a college preparatory high school. She attended Duke University for her undergraduate studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for medical school. Dr. Battle enjoyed all of her medical rotations and decided that family medicine was a great fit for her, because it respects all facets of the human body and focuses on prevention. Dr. Battle completed residency training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After completing her training, she returned to North Carolina as a consulting associate at Duke University. Dr. Battle, board certified in family, sleep, and addiction medicine, is the creator of “Reboot, Repair, Rebirth”. She now dedicates her life, love, and passion for her family and those who have been wounded.
It takes a lot of work to repair your heart.
She brings you the shining light of possibility and true hope for you to experience “Reboot, Repair, and Rebirth” in your life. This innovative model aids women and their families who have suffered trauma to truly forgive themselves, so they can become fully integrated and capable of self-love. She believes the ability of the body, mind, and spirit to repair themselves is underutilized, and uninterrupted sleep is the foundation of repair and restoration. She is a consulting physician for Dr. Jamila Battle & Associates, PA where she provides supervision in the areas of family, addiction and sleep medicine and direct care services at a local practice. She uses an individualized approach, which focuses on YOU. One of her dreams is to integrate her experience and training under one umbrella to serve the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of her clients and audience. She motivates others to identify unique talents that they possess to help them succeed despite adversity and struggle. In her spare time, she volunteers with at-risk families and enjoys not only health and fitness but also spending time with her husband and three children.
What is your most recent book about?
In her book, Dr. Jamila Battle discusses how she worked through the issues involved with growing up with two parents who suffered from drug addiction.
Does it sometimes seem like your life is unreal?Perhaps it seems that your existence is more a nightmare than a dream?We never know about the private lives behind the façades people create for public consumption. Yet what shapes our lives is the raw, unvarnished, unstated, and camouflaged reality that defines our everyday existence.I grew up in such an illusion and suspected that my life was closer to the nightmare side than the dream. My dad was a recognized and renowned jazz musician. He played with and made records with the great musicians of the late twentieth century. Behind the mask of success and notoriety lurked a monster whom no one from the public would have recognized or believed existed. His own insecurity, fear, addictions, lies, and bad choices led him to be a violent abuser.Bars on the windows, secrets behind locked doors, terrors behind the mask of normalcy. I lived in a nightmare world and needed a way out. In the end, for me, there is a happy ending. What I didn’t know was that, while I was able to escape the abusive situation, the abuse itself followed. It sapped my joy and creativity. It wasn’t until I fell into a hole of depression as a supposedly successful adult, a doctor, and the mother of three children that I realized there was a purpose to my pain.What did it take to crawl out of this hole?Join me as I take you on a journey of Reboot, Repair, Rebirth.Reboot your soul by breaking the silence, speaking your truth, and ending the isolation. Get to physicaland emotional safety.Repair by getting help and consciously healing your mind, heart, and body. Conquer your demons anddiscover your inner light and resilience.Celebrate your Rebirth as a new, healing, wiser, loving, and centered being. Live intentionally and abundantly.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?
I always wanted to share my story for a long timeAlthough I escaped the abuse, I didn’t realize it followed me. It sapped my joy and creativity.It was therapeutic to write it and to share my truth and the intimate bleeding story of what was going on in my head so that maybe others can get insight about what is going on in their own head or those that they love.
I wanted to help others who are broken or living successfully but not completely healed by their trauma who may be struggling with addiction, relationships, health, and sleep.
And lastly, help the caregivers.So many caregivers don’t know how to deal with those who have been bound to their trauma.When I was referred to Kellan’s book challenge, it forced me to take the time to start and I was able to finish it as I continue in his coaching program.
What message do you hope readers will take away after reading your book?
My personal story demonstrates transforming tragedy into triumph.
When we are young and growing up, we have no idea how the effects of our experiences in childhood can stay with us for life. I grew up in a battleground, fourteen years of childhood abuse in which both parents suffered from mental illness and drug addiction. At the time all this happened, I was just a little girl living her life. I wanted to have fun and be happy like any other kid. I didn’t really know anything about adult words like abuse or trauma. I only vaguely suspected that my life was closer to a nightmare than to a dream. Barely escaping this madness with my life, I was left in total chaos and darkness. Only small glimpses of light here and there kept me hanging on to the thread of hope. Moving through foster care, public assistance, and other challenges of growing up without a real home, I was lucky enough to defy all the odds, get myself to college, and even pursue my dreams of medical school. It was decades later that I finally realized two things:As a kid, I had become an expert at living with abuse: hiding it, ignoring it, and trying to cope with it on my own; and 2. As an adult, I grew up to be a doctor, realized the importance of reaching out, and had a great desire to help others overcome this problem, so they could also get on the road to health and wholeness. Partly to heal myself and partly because I realized my mission, I decided to focus my practice around the four pillars of health:
My personal story demonstrates transforming tragedy into triumph. I can teach you to become consciously aware and to make positive choices, leading to a healthy and fulfilling life. My method integrates mind, body, and spirit in both time and space. I demonstrate how our lifestyles are reflections of our values and attitudes. Thus, my newly found mission is to use my story as a launch pad to help those bound by pain find promise and purpose to discover their inner light and source of resilience. For more details on my expanded program, go to www.drjbattle.com.
What’s one key takeaway you really want to share with people about your book and its topic?
Overcoming adversity and creating triumph is always inspiring.My heroic journey from childhood violence and abuse to ultimate victory is nothing short of amazing.Combining abuse, depression and breakdown with other determination and tenacious perseverance, i have triumphed and created a narrative and guide for those who wish to take control of their own destiny.
What’s one of the worst parts about your topic, and what did you learn from it?
Abuse is a sad reality of our global society.I learned that you have to be honest before you can reboot your soul, it takes a lot of work to repair your heart and release emotions and mourn and then you experience rebirth and live in your purpose.
What is the one thing you recommend readers do/change in relationship to your topic, and in regard to your book and its message?
Speak their truth and get to safetyWhat is one failure you experienced in relationship to your book’s topic, and how did you overcome it?Seeking approval which I still work to overcome. I find clear sounding board which is someone who is strong where I am weak and listen to my heart and gut more.
What’s one piece of advice you’re willing to offer our readers about your topic?
You can choose to move from victim to survivor to creator of abundance.
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