62 episodes

Have you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion, or ABI? This podcast is for you. Providing practical tools and inspirational interviews to equip, educate, and encourage the brain injury community. Hosted by award-winning TBI survivor, advocate, and singer/songwriter Cristabelle Braden, this is an uplifting podcast to bring hope to your darkest days.

Hope Survives | Brain Injury Podcast Cristabelle Braden

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Have you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion, or ABI? This podcast is for you. Providing practical tools and inspirational interviews to equip, educate, and encourage the brain injury community. Hosted by award-winning TBI survivor, advocate, and singer/songwriter Cristabelle Braden, this is an uplifting podcast to bring hope to your darkest days.

    61. Overstimulation, Brain Fog, Sensory Awareness (with Taryn Barlow)

    61. Overstimulation, Brain Fog, Sensory Awareness (with Taryn Barlow)

    Have you ever been so overwhelmed you couldn't finish a task? What about feeling overstimulated in a grocery store, to the point of panicking? Many brain injury survivors experience overstimulation and brain fog. This is a great episode to learn some tools on how to process this, whether you are a survivor yourself or a caregiver learning how to identify this for your loved one.



    Overstimulation and brain fog can be frustrating both for the survivor and for the people around them. Taryn Barlow is here to teach us some tools on how to evaluate our environment, lifestyle, and symptoms to figure out the source of overstimulation. We talk about practicing Sensory Awareness, how to have a "battle plan" of strategies to help, and the importance of being patient with yourself.



    Taryn Barlow is a Cognitive Health Coach (TM) which is a unique combination of her background in Speech-language Pathologist, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Taryn is the owner of a virtual private practice (The Well Brain), that combines her knowledge of cognition and brain healthy lifestyle balance to support adults who have sustained brain injury. Connect: IG- @taryn_thewellbrain Email- thewellbrainslp@gmail.com



    0:00 Intro

    2:30 Cristabelle

    9:00 Introducing Taryn

    15:15 Lifestyle Beyond Therapies

    20:00 Overstimulation - Sensory Awareness

    29:00 Brain Fog

    31:00 Making Your Battle Plan/Strategy

    36:00 Finding the “Something” Source of Overstimulation

    42:30 Cognitive Tasks

    44:50 Letting Go of Perfection

    48:30 Overdoing It Leads to Fatigue

    51:00 Words of Hope



    Note: We will be taking a short break, expect new episodes to return in a couple weeks!



    CONNECT

    Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community

    Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms!

    Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com

    Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com

    Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com

    Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com

    This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician.

    More: hopeafterheadinjury.com/hopesurvives

    • 58 min
    60. Setbacks During Brain Injury Recovery (with Cristabelle Braden)

    60. Setbacks During Brain Injury Recovery (with Cristabelle Braden)

    It can be hard to hold onto hope when it feels like there are just setbacks around every corner. Listen as Cristabelle shares her heart on this and how to continue moving forward, even when things are really hard. You are not alone.



    CONNECT

    Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community

    Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms!

    Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com

    Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com

    Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com

    Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com

    This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician.

    More: hopesurvivespodcast.com

    • 25 min
    59. Patient Empowerment + Guide for Navigating Healthcare (with Dr. Kelsy Rayl)

    59. Patient Empowerment + Guide for Navigating Healthcare (with Dr. Kelsy Rayl)

    A major part of living with brain injury can become the doctors appointments, therapies, and healthcare system - but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Dr. Kelsy Rayl is here to walk us through some steps to be more empowered as a patient, including practical tools on what to do to show up at appointments informed and get the most out of them. We also discuss managing symptoms in appointments, identifying personal recovery goals, and how to find the right medical team. It is important to know which doctors will help you to do which things, so that you can get your needs and symptoms addressed. 

    This is an encouraging and very important conversation for anyone navigating the healthcare system post-brain injury. Whether you are a survivor, caregiver, or family member listening - you'll leave more empowered and informed to know that you can take an active role in this healthcare journey!



    0:00 Intro

    5:30 Introducing Dr. Kelsy

    8:30 Identity Post-Brain Injury

    9:40 Lifestyle Change of Dr. Appts

    13:30 Patient Empowerment

    16:30 Identifying Strengths/Limits

    17:45 Provider Perspective

    19:00 Understanding Roles of Different Providers

    30:15 Managing Symptoms w/ Appts.

    36:00 Practical Tips for Documentation

    42:15 Identifying & Prioritizing Recovery Goals

    47:40 Seeking Second Opinions

    48:45 Self-Advocacy

    50:00 Words of Hope



    Connect with Dr. Kelsy: @drkelsyrayl_dpt



    CONNECT

    Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community

    Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms!

    Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com

    Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com

    Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com

    Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com



    This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician.

    More: hopesurvivespodcast.com

    • 51 min
    58. Beating the Odds (Inspiring Survivor Story with Dillon Berenty)

    58. Beating the Odds (Inspiring Survivor Story with Dillon Berenty)

    "I was given less than 10% chance of surviving. Doctors were saying that they couldn't imagine me walking, that I wouldn't be able to talk, that I couldn't see... and the one big thing about my story is that I proved them all wrong. Even if the odds are stacked against you, and hope seems almost lost, always believe in the little percent that things are going to be okay. Because I took that small percent that they said that I was going to make it - I took it and ran. And I'm still here today." -Dillon Berenty



    Listen to an inspiring survivor story as Dillon Berenty shares his journey of hope through brain trauma. After a concussion, Dillon was taken to the hospital, and through the scans a brain tumor was discovered. Six brain surgeries later, and a 10% chance of survival, Dillon is beating the odds every day. He shares some of the symptoms, struggles, ways he has learned to adapt, and how he has learned to keep perspective through it all. This is an uplifting story that is sure to encourage you, wherever you are at on your journey.



    CONNECT

    Next Zoom Group - June 22 - Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community

    Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms!

    Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com

    Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com

    Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com

    Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com

    This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician.

    More: hopesurvivespodcast.com

    • 37 min
    57. Female Hormones after TBI / Concussion (with Melissa Biscardi)

    57. Female Hormones after TBI / Concussion (with Melissa Biscardi)

    Hormones can become disrupted after a brain injury, and today Melissa Biscardi is here to share current research and dive deeper into what this looks like for females, including the menstrual cycle, menopause, birth control, and more. We also discuss practical steps you can take if you think you or your loved one's hormones may have been affected.



    0:00 Intro

    4:55 Melissa & Her Research

    8:10 When Menstrual Cycle is “Off”

    10:25 Women and Concussions

    12:25 Overlap with TBI Symptoms

    14:25 Post-Partum Symptoms

    15:55 Current Research of Brain Injury & Hormones

    19:05 What you can do

    20:10 anti-Müllerian hormone - Pre-Menopause & Menopause

    23:45 Birth Control

    26:20 Hormone Disruption

    27:10 Cycle Connection with Risk of Injury

    29:55 What you can do



    Connect with Melissa: rehablab.ca @the.rehab.lab



    CONNECT

    Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms!

    Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com

    Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com

    Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com

    Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community

    Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com

    This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician.

    More: hopesurvivespodcast.com

    • 33 min
    56. Empowered Hope + Lessons Learned from TBI (with Cyndie Braden)

    56. Empowered Hope + Lessons Learned from TBI (with Cyndie Braden)

    Living with a brain injury, some days hope is the only thing that gets you through. This week, Cristabelle is joined by her mother, Cyndie Braden, to speak about lessons they have learned over the 14 years of brain injuries. They speak vulnerably about some of the difficult aspects of the journey, while also sharing the growth in the family, caregiver, and survivor perspectives. You will also hear clips of Cristabelle from 10 years ago in 2012 speaking about her injury, at around the 5 year mark, as we reflect on 10 years of Hope After Head Injury.  



    Empowered hope is knowing that there may still be things that will be hard, but there is always something you can do to move forward on your journey. You are not alone! Share how Hope After Head Injury has helped you - in a written or voice message format! https://www.hopeafterheadinjury.com/10years 



    Connect with Cyndie: @cyndiebraden | email: cyndie@hopeafterheadinjury.com 



    CONNECT

    Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms!

    Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com

    Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com

    Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com

    Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community

    Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com

    This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician.

    More: hopesurvivespodcast.com

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

schmoeFNC ,

5 star from Dr. Schmoe

Cristabelle’s podcast has been a game changer for many of my patients who are struggling with lingering post concussion symptoms. They love her positive attitude and outlook on life as well as her educational information. I highly recommend her podcast to anyone who has had a Brain Injury. There is Hope!

R. Dombeck ,

A must listen to!

Of all the brain injury and awareness podcasts I’ve listened to, this show is my go to and favorite! I find Cristabelle easy to relate to, she gives practical advice and suggestions that have helped me tremendously in my TBI journey and in life overall. She brings on fantastic guests and I know I can count on top quality content. Sharing hope and uplifting inspiration to keep on in the journey, this is a must listen to for anyone seeking support in their own life.

BigBeardMike ,

Really Educational

I don’t know much about brain injuries, but this podcast has brought a lot of insight into the subject. And offers a lot of hope and inspiration to people who need it.

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