Cost-hosts Jo and Jim Giordano discuss the ups and downs of navigating life after a brain injury. Jo is a brain injury survivor and former elementary school guidance counselor who obtained a severe traumatic brain injury in 2007. Jim is her husband and caregiver. By including a mix of lessons learned from their own experience, along with expert interviews, they hope to provide useful information and serve as beacons of hope for brain injury survivors and caregivers alike.
Episode 10: Fostering your Intuitive Guidance: An Interview with Jeannie Giordano-Shanks
Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant."
In this episode, Jo and Jim talk with Jeannie Giordano-Shanks about the power of intuition. Jeannie is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and counselor who has been helping people in that capacity for more than 20 years. She is currently self-employed, providing licensing supervision for new licensed clinicians, and she also provides mental health therapy with a focus on intuitive guidance. We talk with Jeannie about the differences between your monkey mind and your intuition, and how we can recognize the difference. Jeannie offers practical advice on steps we can take to improve our ability to quiet our minds to tap into our intuitive guidance.
Episode 9: An Interview with Essential Oils Guru Jodi Cohen
In this episode, Jo and I talk with essential oils guru, founder of Vibrant Blue Oils, and best selling author Jodi Cohen. We talk about how essential oils can be used to calm anxiety, improve sleep, and reduce inflammation -- topics that are covered in her newly released book "Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body" which is available now on Amazon. We learned a lot during our 30 minute conversation, and think that you will too.
Feel free to check out Jodi's new book on Amazon, or grab a free bonus chapter.
Episode 8: An Interview with Survivor Sameer Bhide
In this episode, Jim and Jo talk with Sameer Bhide. In 2017 Sameer suffered a rare hemorrhagic stroke in his cerebellum, underwent two brain surgeries, and spent a month in a medically induced coma. His entire life came crashing down, starting with a life-changing, debilitating stroke, the loss of work, and a divorce. He is the author of a newly released memoire titled "One Fine Day: Overcoming Adversity and Embracing the New Normal with Grace and Gratitude". The book describes the amazing story of his struggle to come back from the brink, with the help of a diverse community of friends and caretakers, as well as an integration of Western medicine with Eastern holistic care.
Episode 7: An Interview with Ronda Alcorn of We're Moving Forward
In this episode, Jim and Jo talk with Ronda Alcorn. Ronda's son Austin received a severe TBI in a rollover car accident in 2006. We talk with Ronda about the accident and some of the lessons that she has learned during her years as his mother and caregiver. Ronda is also the co-founder of an amazing Phoenix-based non-profit organization called We're Moving Forward that provides social and recreational activities for brain injury survivors, their families, and caregivers.
Episode 6: Reflections on the Anniversary of the Accident
It's not uncommon for brain injury warriors, to acknowledge the anniversary of their injury. For some it's a hard day, for others it's a day to reflect on how far they have come in their recoveries, but in all cases it's a significant day. In this episode, recorded on the anniversary of Jo's accident, Jim and Jo sit down to have a spontaneous talk about the significance of anniversaries to survivors, and how the way in which Jo observes the day has changed over time.
Episode 5: An Interview with Gabriella Montgomery, LPC
In this episode, Jim and Jo have a discussion with Gabriella Montgomery -- a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with brain injury warriors at her practice in Phoenix, Arizona. We talk about when it may or may not be the right time to seek counseling after brain injury, the impacts of the corona virus pandemic on the brain injury community, and more.
Thank you so much Joe and Jim❤️❤️ The first time I listened to your podcast (the invisible injury), it was during a session at a brain injury clinic where I am a patient. It was overwhelming listening to experiences that are so very similar to mine. I felt heard and validated by someone outside of my immediate circle at the clinic. I have sent a link to your podcast to my close friends and family for them to better understand person I am now and what I am going through and experiencing. And to better understand the effects of a TBI. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Intelligent and Probing Discussions of Brain Injury
Jim and Jo do an amazing job of honestly sharing their life experience after Jo’s injury. They both pose intelligent questions which leads to meaningful conversations.