Our LA show produced by The TLC Foundation, is January 22, 2017, just 18 days from today! We are proud to introduce you to cast member Tammy Andrach!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Tammy Andrach and I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. I just celebrated 49 years being alive on this challenging and glorious planet. I LIVE for long walks on the beach, basking in nature, spending quality time with amazing friends, live music concerts, arts & crafts, and being there to help others.
How has mental illness affected your life?
PTSD and anxiety has affected every facet of my life. It affects my basic daily tasks, my finances, my body, mind and spirit, and every decision I make. It has seeped into my friendships, relationships, aspirations and goals, in both a positive and negative way. I have been riddled with anxiety to a point that I am tongue tied, have panic attacks and want to isolate with the shame. Flashbacks and nightmares have robbed me from sleep for such a large portion of my life. Isolation became my only way to cope.
Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?
I wanted to be a part of This Is My Brave to use the power of my voice and share the raw and real experience of my strong will to survive and to LIVE. While being abandoned and left for dead, somehow I found an inner strength to keep going. It is my strongest desire to let others know that deep within us is a strong will to survive any situation. Situations with seemingly little light at the end of the tunnel. I'm here to remind you that that little bit of light is all you need because it reminds you of the being of light that you truly are. So stay focused on that light and watch it grow. The worst thing that ever happened to you can sometimes be turned into the very thing that sets your spirit free.
What inspires you to get and stay healthy?
What inspires me to get healthy is to set an example which will inspire others who have been wounded to look inside themselves and find their own ways to stand in and express their truth. I see many who are suffering as I have been for so long and I want to provide a living, breathing example that someone who has been through hell and back, can and is living a healthy life . It is my deep joy to help others and in order to do that, it is imperative that my whole being ( body, mind and spirit) stays healthy.
What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
I want it to be known that we are all so very worthy of love. Of giving and receiving love without barriers yet still lovingly maintaining our healthy boundaries. It is my wish that every single person leaving here knows that WE ARE NOT OUR DAMAGE! Although it has shaped and morphed us it does not DEFINE us. By owning what has happened to us and taking responsibility for ourselves with love, we can keep the negativity from overwhelming us and stay focused on the ways we are growing that we could never have imagined. In one word: COMPASSION. My experience has taught me compassion for myself and others in ways I can't even begin to express, but I can say it heals me and brings me closer to my truth, and my mission. My heartfelt, deepest wish is that your experiences will do the same for you or maybe even more .
We're ending stigma one person, and one story at a time.
Hope to see you there!
We're so excited to announce that our friends from Depressed Cake Shop will be on site selling beautiful (and delicious) gray cakes and treats so bring your sweet tooth!