As a child, Jamila Battle suffered horrible abuse and witnessed her father's torturous abuse toward her mother. The horrors of her childhood led to many more problems for her.
My dad was a talented and charismatic jazz musician, whom everyone loved. On the outside, my family’s life looked perfect. But what many didn’t realize is that we actually lived in a prison. The windows to our home had metal bars that were designed to keep me, my mother, brother and little sister caged in, along with our family’s deepest darkest secrets. We shared our house with rats, bats and other rodents that were often used to torture us.
It wasn’t uncommon for me to be bound with duct tape and beaten with wire. I witnessed my mom get brutally beaten to a pulp and tied-up as my father smeared a dead rat over her limp body, to terrify her.
Enduring child abuse led to many other problems for me. After my abusive father fired a partially loaded gun at my head on a thankfully empty chamber, followed by his attempt to rape me, I finally called for help. I was removed from my home and was placed in one toxic foster home after another.
My determination to overcome it, the struggle with long-term effects of abuse, and finally getting my life of abundance, speaks volumes to the resilience of the human spirit to overcome tragedy. Now as a doctor, witnessing these terrible effects in our society, I have committed myself to do everything I can to lift and help repair those people.
Not forgiving my father blocked my own healing.
Through trauma focused therapies, I was able to accept that my father would not acknowledge the pain he caused my family, I let it go. Therapy also helped me realize internal shame and guilt was not my burden to carry.
After finding healing, Jamila Battle became a physician, author and advocate. Her author debut, "From Abuse to Abundance," recounts her life and gives voice to child abuse, domestic violence and other forms of abuse. It offers hope for healing after tragedy. She is a domestic violence advocate and has partnered with a couple of non-profits in the areas of domestic violence.
She helps others suffering from past trials and addiction find healing and peace through her practice.
To discover more about Jamila's story, visit www.DrJamilaBattle.com.
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