Dr. Tami West

Consider Yourself Hugged, Dr. Tami West

Episode #53: Getting Through Tough Times with Jenn Walden

I so enjoyed sitting down with my precious friend and project partner Tami West. She is such an inspiring and motivating human; everyone needs a Tami in their life. On this episode of her weekly podcast, Consider Yourself Hugged, I shared my strategies for overcoming the mental challenges of cancer.


Meet Tami (Bio)

Entrepreneur, author, wife, mom, lover of dogs, and motivational speaker

Tami has been helping people take their power back and live their own lives for over 15 years. Her passion stems from a lifelong battle with anxiety disorder that initiated her dedication to helping others. Her clients come from all walks of life. Danbury Federal Prison inmates (the setting of the Netflix Emmy-winning series Orange is the New Black, as well as the prison home for Martha Stewart and Real Housewife Teresa Garduci) found Tami to be genuine and real, with good practical messages and coping skills. Social Security Administration senior management called her a true professional and fantastic at what she does!

Tami began her career with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and spent the next ten years working in hospitals, physician’s offices, and research labs. She changed careers in 1995, becoming a public school teacher, and in 2005 decided to pursue a career that would allow her to use personal experiences to help women find solutions to their challenges.

Her undergraduate degrees in science and education, as well as her doctoral research in human development, uniquely equip her to address the human factor that underlies the success of women, both personally and professionally. Her publications include The Stress Club: Stop participating, take your power back, and start living your own life, A Woman’s Guide to Personal Achievement and Professional Success, and Life Without the Monsters.

She has spoken for groups in 48 states across the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. When she’s not speaking or writing, you might find her traveling with her husband or kids, reading historical fiction, on a west coach beach somewhere, or watching Big Bang Theory.

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Episode Show Notes

Welcome friend to the podcast closet, today brining you Consider Yourself Hugged Episode 53: Getting Through Tough Times with Jennifer Walden (Click here or pic to listen.).

I’m Dr. Tami West, here every week to bring you tips on living a life that brings you mental and emotional wellbeing.

I hope you’ve had a great week since we were last together. So… coronavirus is affecting me! Well, sorry not THE ACTUAL virus, but shipping. Let me start over! I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I ordered Consider Yourself Hugged pins – you know the kind you put on a lapel. They say Consider Yourself Hugged. I’m still waiting for them to arrive, so in the meantime I thought I could get your help. The goal of the pins is to give one to someone, and then that person feels hugged. So, the pins will be given on a small card. Here’s how you can help:

What do you think the card should say? Let me know here on the show notes or on social media. If I choose yours, I’ll send you 10 pins for free! That’s a lot of hugs for people in your world!

Now, on to our guest.

It’s funny how you have a relationship with someone for a season, lose touch, and then reconnect. Such is the case with Jennifer. I wish I could find words to express how positive, thoughtful, and wise this woman is! Well, you’ll find out in a sec. As always, I’ll share the Jennifer on paper here, and then you’ll get to hear Jennifer the heart.

Jenn and her husband Kirk live in the suburbs of Nashville, TN with their two youngest children, a cat (“Meatloaf”) and a dog (“Aubie”).

A few nuggets from our time together:

  • One of the things that happens when someone is diagnosed with cancer is that the people that love you and know you become very afraid. If it can happen to her it can happen to anyone.
  • How could God let this happen to you? You’re such a good person!
  • People want to believe that if they’re good, nothing tragic will ever happen in their life.
  • We tend to think every cancer is the same for every person. It’s not.
  • I was so sick I had to be bathed. I couldn’t pray. I couldn’t read. But I knew I was going to live!

Jennifer’s strategies if you’re going through struggles:

  • Make big cards with numbers and pull one off each day! This was hell today but I did it! Wad it up; throw it in the trash!!
  • Find the humor in your moment. The top 10 benefits of being bald.
  • What is right about the moment? I’m bald today because I’m trying to save my life; because I have hope! People during the holocaust, that is not why they were bald. They did not have hope!
  • Surround your space with positivity! Posters of quotes that help you to think positively.
  • The most powerful lesson from it all?
  • People! We need to be there for each other.
  • Being transparent. There is no strength in hiding our challenges.
  • It really is the little things – a card.
  • Just start helping!

See, wasn’t she amazing??!! So, truly, sadly, that’s our time for today. I hope you’ll pass along the inspiration to those in your world going through tough times.

Please post on the show notes or Facebook your ideas for the hug pin cards.


As always, Please pass the show link along to a friend or two and subscribe, download, and review wherever you are listening. And head over to tamiwest.com to get info if you’d like me to speak at your next event and also you’ll find the promised links and pictures for Jenn. And I’d love for you to follow me on Facebook and all those other crazy social media outlets including:






Phone: 615-497-7714

Thank you so much for listening and growing our special community!

I pray that each day you remember to love, to serve, to feel worthy, to grow, to connect, to change, and to be the best person you can be for yourself AND for the other humans in your world!

And until next time, Consider Yourself Hugged 😘🤗 Tami