206 episodes

Recovering from a brain injury can feel very lonely, but The NeuroNerds Podcast is here to help through our love of all things nerd and pop culture! Each Tuesday, join Joe Borges and his co-host Lauren Manzano as they share stories from their personal recovery journeys. They offer tips for coping and thriving post-brain injury. Some episodes feature interviews with fellow survivors and experts. While many episodes explore varying nerd topics from comic book movies to video games that all relate back to brain injury and brain health. If you're a stroke or brain injury survivor, a caregiver or family member of a survivor, or a big lover of nerd culture, this podcast is for you.

The NeuroNerds: A Brain Injury Recovery & Pop Culture Show Joe Borges, Joe Borges

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 46 Ratings

Recovering from a brain injury can feel very lonely, but The NeuroNerds Podcast is here to help through our love of all things nerd and pop culture! Each Tuesday, join Joe Borges and his co-host Lauren Manzano as they share stories from their personal recovery journeys. They offer tips for coping and thriving post-brain injury. Some episodes feature interviews with fellow survivors and experts. While many episodes explore varying nerd topics from comic book movies to video games that all relate back to brain injury and brain health. If you're a stroke or brain injury survivor, a caregiver or family member of a survivor, or a big lover of nerd culture, this podcast is for you.

    Celebrating Pride with Michael Shutt

    Celebrating Pride with Michael Shutt

    It’s Pride Month and we are celebrating LGBTQ+ brain injury survivors. In this episode, Joe is chatting with Michael Shutt, a stroke survivor, playwright, actor and gay man from Los Angeles. Michael shares what it was like growing up gay from when he realized he was gay at a young age. They talk about the lack of representation he experienced when he was younger and how that affected him. He also shares the immense support he received from the gay community after his stroke and how that has helped him through recovery.

    • 59 min
    Celebrating Pride with Jamie Coyle

    Celebrating Pride with Jamie Coyle

    In honor of Pride month, Joe is featuring episodes with LGBTQ+ brain injury survivors. In this first featured episode, Joe is chatting with Jamie Coyle, a stroke survivor from Rhode Island. She chats about the challenges of suffering a stroke as an adolescent while also coming out at a young age as a queer woman. We hope that by sharing these stories, we can help inspire and support other LGBTQ+ brain injury survivors. If you are an LGBTQ+ brain injury survivor, please connect with us on our socials!

    • 44 min
    Go To Sleep! It’s Good For Your Mental Health

    Go To Sleep! It’s Good For Your Mental Health

    Joe and Lauren are tired - after having Covid in the last couple of months on top of the other stresses of life not to mention living with brain injuries, they’re both pretty exhausted. So this episode is about the importance of sleep and rest and their correlation to mental health. They talk about the disruption of the circadian rhythm and its effect on mental health plus holistic remedies for various mental health ailments including sleep, hydration, exercise, therapy, and more. What are some ways you take care of your mental health? Please share on our socials!

    • 52 min
    Second Chance At Life Post Brain Injury

    Second Chance At Life Post Brain Injury

    In this episode Joe is chatting with TBI survivor Desirée Ford. After surviving an almost fatal car accident, Desirée shares her new lease on life and how she’s making the most of her second chance. Joe and Desirée talk about living life to the fullest and she shares her recovery journey thus far. How do you live life to the fullest? Please share with us on our socials!

    • 45 min
    The NeuroNerds Crew Celebrate 200 Episodes!

    The NeuroNerds Crew Celebrate 200 Episodes!

    We’re celebrating 200 episodes with Joe, Lauren as well as special guest and our producer, Felice! They reminisce on some of their favorite episodes and what our plans are for the future including Joe’s YouSoRock Survivor To Thriver Program and expanding our support for the community. Plus Felice nerds out on the production for our episodes and how she uses sound design along with our editor Marcellus to tell brain injury survivor guest stories. What is your favorite episode? Please let us know on our socials!

    • 51 min
    Choosing Comedy Over Tragedy Post-Stroke

    Choosing Comedy Over Tragedy Post-Stroke

    As we continue to spread stroke awareness for Stroke Awareness Month, we’re also spreading awareness about mental health as May is always Mental Health Awareness Month. In this episode, Joe is chatting with his good friend and fellow stroke survivor, Mimi Hayes. Mimi is an author and comedian so she’s the perfect guest to chat about the benefits of laughing and comedy when it comes to mental health and stroke recovery. They talk about how the use comedy as a tool to help them cope with the ups and downs of the recovery journey. What mental health tools do you use to help during brain injury recovery? Please share on our socials!

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

gigi in SC ,

Awesome

As an 18 month ischemic brain stem stroke survivor, this episode feels like a life savor. To feel such connection and hearing so many of my feelings spoken out loud!!! THANK YOU!!♥️

whmike ,

I feel seen ❤️

As a 3-time stroke survivor who was discharged from the hospital and back into the world without a user’s manual for my new brain, I felt alone, lost, and isolated.
Finding Joe and Lauren saved me.
Listening to them feels like hanging out with your best friends. They just happen to be your best friends that also understand brain injury.
Thanks to everyone involved with The Neuro Nerds for making me feel less alone.

ErynSAH ,

Is there a Most Authentic Host award?

Joe and Lauren are the real deal!! Not only is their show informative and amazing; their service work within the brain injury community has been crucial in my recovery. I don’t know what I would have done without this resource 🥰

Also this show’s nerdiness helps me understand my husband so much more!

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