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Life Over Pain is a podcast full of inspiring stores from people with chronic pain and/or traumatic brain injury. Their stories are about how they are not defined by their pain or injury. They describe how they make choices to adapt to their present circumstances to create lives of value despite pain and loss. And, BTW, If you'd like to share your story, or know of someone who might have a story to share, please email LifeOverPain1@gmail.com.

Life Over Pai‪n‬ Patti Freeman Evans

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Life Over Pain is a podcast full of inspiring stores from people with chronic pain and/or traumatic brain injury. Their stories are about how they are not defined by their pain or injury. They describe how they make choices to adapt to their present circumstances to create lives of value despite pain and loss. And, BTW, If you'd like to share your story, or know of someone who might have a story to share, please email LifeOverPain1@gmail.com.

    Life Over Pain - Sameer Bhide - Eastern and Western Medicines in Harmony Help to Heal

    Life Over Pain - Sameer Bhide - Eastern and Western Medicines in Harmony Help to Heal

    Sameer Bhide's life was on track. Family, friends, career, many interests to pursue. Then one day, out of no where, his brain says, "Stop!" A stroke. While he has work to do, he credits his progress to the marriage of both eastern and western medicine.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Life Over Pain - Megan Heiser - Creating A Deeper Connection With Her Life

    Life Over Pain - Megan Heiser - Creating A Deeper Connection With Her Life

    Megan Heiser grew up on a farm, traveled the world, had a career, got married, had a baby. She was a perfectionist. Then things changed, dramatically.  An auto-immune disease caught hold of her and has made her take a completely different approach to...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Life Over Pain - Marcia Moran -

    Life Over Pain - Marcia Moran -

    I don't think anyone is prepared to have a stroke, even if you've had them before, or you doctor has told you to beware. It's a life changing event. When Marcia Moran's life changed in this way she found herself laughing at everything. Perhaps that was a blessing because she was in sever pain, and couldn't talk or walk. After leaving the hospital and rehab, she pursued additional therapies like massage, acupuncture, laser, speech and neuro-feedback to name a few. As a patchwork of treatments, each offered value to help her regain capability and, moreover, confidence. She now leads Toastmasters groups in her area, which she began attending initially to help with her aphasia. Marcia firmly believes that one should try something new every day. Because, one should never believe that there is a limited time to recover. Every day is a new opportunity to to get better. Marcia has a written a book called Stroke Forward and has a website strokeforward.com.A Note On The Life Over Pain Theme Music:Emily Bielagus graciously and generously composed the lovely theme music for the Life Over Pain podcast. Find her music at Spotify, wildyawp.com, and reach her at wildyawpband@gmail.com.

    • 57 min
    Life Over Pain - Paige Speers - Choosing Greater and Making it Happen

    Life Over Pain - Paige Speers - Choosing Greater and Making it Happen

    One way many people create a life of value as they live with whatever cards they have been dealt is to give back in some way. That is a key reason why most of the people share their stories on this podcast are so generous in doing so. And Paige Speers is a fine example.Paige suffered a pulmonary embolism which left her with an acquired brain injury. She went through the standard rehab and medication protocols as she fought back from this trauma. Those only took her so far. So she looks for more resources, and let me tell you, Paige is very good and find them. Not only did she find functional neurologists, but also she found therapies that where based on things she loved to do in her youth like horseback riding and dance, all of which were rolled onto a holistic approach. Now Paige is on a mission to help others find resources that will help them with the right kinds of therapies for them. In fact she has shared links to some of the resources she uses below along with her business email.Here is a list of resources Paige offered:International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitationhttps://iafnr.org/member-referral-directory/A web search can also be done by state.Therapeutic horseback riding(I was fortunate enough to find my stables through the brain injury support group where I had therapy in Illinois, and was referred to the one in Missouri)https://www.pathintl.org/path-intl-centers/path-intl-centersAmerican Chiropractic Neurology Board practitioner directory(Mine was recommended by a local chiropractor/guest speaker at the support group in Missouri)https://www.acnb.org/DoctorLocator.aspxIntegrative medicine (another category to search: functional nutrition)https://www.aihm.org/search/custom.asp?id=4620Personal (business address)paigespeersspeaking@gmail.com"A Note On The Life Over Pain Theme Music:Emily Bielagus graciously and generously composed the lovely theme music for the Life Over Pain podcast. Find her music at Spotify, wildyawp.com, and reach her at wildyawpband@gmail.com.

    • 43 min
    Life Over Pain - Scott Olson - Living Life Wholly

    Life Over Pain - Scott Olson - Living Life Wholly

    No one knows the value of love and support from family and friends better than Scott Olson. When he was eight, doctors took out one third of his brain. They said he wouldn't walk, talk or use his arm again. But Scott was undeterred and his family kept telling him that they loved him - his grandmother even snuck hamburgers into the hospital for him. He got back on track to school, walking and talking and living life with gusto and creativity and love. Getting here wasn't easy. His story is one of courage through great adversity where mostly the best advice was just the straight story so as not to create false hope, like, "kids can be mean." There are more challenges in Scott's life than most of us could even imagine and in the past he may have wrapped his identity in his disability. But he has separated from that view much more now. Scott produces a podcast and website with his wife about budgeting called Centsable Chat (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/centsable-chat/id1448371755). And, he is a poet, and a musician - imagine that after being told you can't use your arm you become a musician! He has be gracious enough to share one of his songs with us called LaughWithMe. It's at the end of his story.A Note On The Life Over Pain Theme Music:Emily Bielagus graciously and generously composed the lovely theme music for the Life Over Pain podcast. Find her music at Spotify, wildyawp.com, and reach her at wildyawpband@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Life Over Pain - Phil Terry - Joy and Value By Going Slow

    Life Over Pain - Phil Terry - Joy and Value By Going Slow

    It's hard to imagine living for a few months without being digitally connected, watching TV, listening to the radio, reading a book or just going out. But that is what Phil Terry's doctors said he needed to do to start his recovery. Phil suffered a concussion after he was hit by someone on a bike in NYC. It's called cognitive rest and it's a protocol that is being adopted for kids who get hit playing sports at school. For an adult who's company (Collaborative Gain) teaches people how to ask for help and who is constantly organizing others, coccooning himself was an anathema. He began to embrace his quietude over time as he embraced taking things more slowly not unlike the slow art movement he started long ago (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-the-brain-the-beholder/201411/the-slow-art-movement-its-more-meets-the-eye). For example, Phil has always been a voracious reader, so when he began reading in print again, he did so with an eye to new details in the writers' approach, like metaphor. That attention to detail and creativity he then built into his own work and made him a better writer in the long run. Going slow allowed him heal, and it allowed him to find even more joy in things he loved to do. He shares his top takeaways from his time sequestered at home.A Note On The Life Over Pain Theme Music:Emily Bielagus graciously and generously composed the lovely theme music for the Life Over Pain podcast. Find her music at Spotify, wildyawp.com, and reach her at wildyawpband@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Sweet Home Angela ,

Life over pain has such rich and meaningful content!

I am grateful to have been one of your first interviews, and I am so pleased to see how many episodes have been captured since!

Your genuine ability of asking real questions helps both the listener and the speaker uncover the real heartbeat and meaning behind the tragedy that has been faced. Thank you for helping shine a light in an otherwise dark territory…

Lpenny71 ,

Inspiring and Authentic

This is a very helpful resource for those suffering with TBI and/or Chronic Pain. Great idea!

pkondo ,

Helpful and inspiring podcast

There are times where I let physical pain take over which is never good. The guests and the hosts have been through a lot more than I have ever been through though. Their stories are a great reminder that I need to choose life over pain.

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