A podcast dedicated to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion awareness. Created by survivors for survivors. Hear from survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, and others!
Making Sense of Suicide After Brain Injury with author Reid Forgrave
REID FORGRAVE has written about sports and other topics for GQ, the New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones, among other publications. His specialty is long-form, narrative storytelling. He has covered college football and the NFL, as well as college and professional basketball and the Summer Olympics, for Fox Sports and CBS Sports, and he currently writes for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. The article in which he first wrote about Zac Easter is included in Best American Sports Writing 2018. A past life found him working at The Des Moines Register in Iowa as well as several other metropolitan newspapers. Forgrave lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons. www.reidforgrave.com
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Chronic pain and stress, negativity bias with Donna Masing
In October 2016 while on a surfing holiday overseas, Donna Masing fell off a wave and the tail of her own board collided with her temple. The force of that impact broke bones in her neck and rattled her brain from side to side, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Upon returning home to Australia, Donna was unable to run her business, a sports massage clinic in Northern NSW where she attended to Australia’s surfing elite and other professional athletes. She had difficulty speaking, walking, coping with groups of people, bright lights, had limited thinking capacity and could not focus on anything for any great deal of time. Doctors assured her that it would all pass and soon life would return to normal. However these things did not pass, in fact many symptoms got worse.
In 2019 Donna was named the Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber Outstanding Business Leader and went on to be a State Finalist. Donna has consulted for international Doctors, Physical Therapists and Concussion Specialists on how to communicate with their TBI patients, she has presented at medical conferences, been on speaking panels at events and was featured on the front pages of both the Tweed Daily Newspaper and The Tweed Valley Weekly. She is currently writing a book about her experiences on the other side of treatment table and is starting an innovative new company to help more people get access to the therapy that changed her life. https://globalperformancetherapy.com/about-us/
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Anatomy of a Survivor with author Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn
A marathoner and triathlete, in 1990 Dr. Mikal-Flynn survived a sudden-death event requiring twenty-two minutes of CPR to return to life. Already a nurse practitioner and dismayed at the focus of her recovery and what was presented in the aftermath of her trauma, her mind emphasized the negative, painting a bleak future. However, her master’s and doctoral research focused on posttraumatic growth (PTG) and she created a strength-based clinical pathway guiding survivors toward a productive recovery and PTG. A Professor at CSUS, she speaks nationally and internationally on trauma, focusing on resilience and PTG. With multiple publications, her work and research continue to provide strength and hope for those who suffer in the aftermath of trauma.
Dr. Mikal-Flynn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco, a Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of California, Davis, and her Master’s of Science in Nursing at Sacramento State University, publishing the thesis: “A Phenomenological Investigation of Near-Death Event Survivors.” She completed her Doctor of Education with a dissertation entitled: “Transforming Life Crisis: Stories of Metahabilitation After Catastrophic Life Events.” Her book: "Anatonmy of a Survivor: Building Resilience, Grit, and Growth After Trauma" is available on Amazon.
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TBI Recovery with Kristin Moran
Kristin Moran is an educator, writer, and concussion-advocate living in Portland, OR. Her work has appeared in Entropy Magazine, Getting Smart, and Scholastic Administrator. She is currently working on a memoir about her concussion recovery. She lives with her husband, daughter, and a slew of rescue animals.
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The brain, body, and emotional components of TBIs w/ Christine Altom
I am a TBI survivor, stay-at-home mom, author of the blog "Beacon of Hope: A Resource for Holistic Healing from Traumatic Brain Injury," and an avid cyclist with a background in exercise physiology. In 2012, a distracted driver hit me while I was riding my bike. I sustained numerous injuries, including a concussion. The concussion quickly became trigeminal neuralgia and post-concussion syndrome and the symptoms forced me to abandon my Ph.D. program. After almost a year and a half of mismanagement, two surgeries on my head, and countless different injections and medications, I was fortunate to find treatments that led to my recovery. Since then, I sustained three more TBIs, one of which was accompanied by two intracranial hemorrhages. In those cases, I was able to use what I had learned the first time around to fully heal in a short period. Now, I believe I am healthier than I’ve ever been and hope to share what I’ve learned with as many people as possible. https://beaconofhopetbi.com/
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Hope After TBI with survivor Kristy Barkley
Once you are told you are dying, you can’t help but live a more purposeful life—A life where you take nothing for granted and find the joy in every moment. I have made it my life’s goal to help everyone live their best life. I believe that I can help you find an all-natural supplement to help you reach your health and happiness goals. I also know that with my life coaching certification, I can help you discover your purpose, learn to dream again and move towards those dreams, help you build your business or grow in your career by setting long term goals and daily steps to move you toward your goals, overcome the hurdles that prevent you from achieving continued financial and success growth (hitting a goal and then sliding back to where you started), and truly start living the life of your dreams NOW, not in some far off future. https://www.kristybarkley.com/
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best resource for people with tbi and pcs!
amy zellmer is a godsend. finding this podcast after my concussion, when i couldn’t read anything on a screen but could listen and learn, was so helpful in educating myself about resources for tbi and pcs. it’s so helpful to hear from amy and her guests about their experiences and to take the tips and apply them. bottomless gratitude, amy zellmer!!
Valuable conversations about INTEGRATIVE resources for brain injury!
This is such a valuable podcast for those with TBI. The support and advocacy for integrative approaches to healing brain injury is desperately needed! Thank you AMY ZELLMER for being so passionate about bringing change and help to those in need.
3 time loser
So in the span of 2 years, I have suffered 3 major concussions. First- head on collision via automobile accidentât 45 mph, 2nd- fall from my horse which also sustained T12 fracture, and 3rd, another fall from runaway horse. Needless to say, I won’t stop riding but, my confidence, health and mental repair has been nothing but a struggle. This has been the most difficult 2 years, mani my because there are no answers and progress is slow and also back steps.Listening to your podcasts have helped me to truly identify with others, and I’m grateful for this. I wish your show was longer, sometimes so much time is spent on introducing guests, and I want to know how to heal. Numerous neurologists and other dr appts leave me wanting.