Recovering from a stroke or brain injury can feel very lonely, but the NeuroNerds are here to help through their love of all things nerd! Each Monday, join Joe Borges and his co-host Lauren Manzano as they share stories from their personal recovery journeys; offer tips for coping and thriving; interview fellow survivors and experts; and talk about varying nerd topics from comics to superhero movie theories to video games and more. If you’re a stroke or brain injury survivor, a caregiver or family member of a survivor or just a big lover of nerd culture, this podcast is for you.
Support and Community with Brain & Spine Foundation
In this episode, we are joined by Brain & Spine Foundation CEO, Marc Smith and their Community and Events Fundraising Officer, Grace Patient. Brain & Spine Foundation is a UK organization that supports people with neurological problems including brain injuries such as stroke. Our host Joe, guest co-host Felice and our guests talk about how brain injury survivors can reach out for support and what doctors and caregivers can do to help. If you are a brain injury survivor, where do you find support during your recovery? Share your resources on our socials and don't hesitate to reach out to Brain & Spine Foundation for support as well!
A Whole New (Opening) World
As the U.S opens up, Joe and guest co-host Felice look back to the time stuck at home and how that experience changed their brains and habits. They also share stories and tips on adjusting to vaccinated life. How has your life changed as a result of this pandemic? Share your stories on our socials!
- NPR article about pandemic brain fog - https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/05/06/992401123/if-your-brain-feels-foggy-and-youre-tired-all-the-time-youre-not-alone
Stroke Surviving & Globetrotting with Hannah Clare
Our last episode of Stroke Awareness month features stroke survivor Hannah Clare, a speech pathologist from Alaska living and teaching in Thailand and will be moving to China to teach for the next 2 years. Joe and Hannah talk about her recovery journey, how they connected as fellow survivors and her work as a speech pathologist in the US and abroad. We have loved sharing stroke survivor stories and raising awareness this month! Do you know a stroke survivor warrior? Please share on our socials!
Body Dysmorphia & Mental Health Awareness
With it being Mental Health Awareness Month, Joe and Lauren talk about the effects of body dysmorphia on the mind. Lauren bravely shares her own personal battles with body dysmorphia and helps raise awareness. How are you taking care of your mental health this month? Please share with us on our socials!
A Lesson In Swimming with Michael Shutt
As we continue to raise awareness during this Stroke Awareness Month, our host, Joe, has a very special guest for this episode - fellow stroke survivor, Michael Shutt. They continue to talk about the importance of connecting with other survivors and how much it helps to have that community support throughout the recovery process. Plus they discuss Michael’s one-man show centered around his stroke recovery journey. Who is part of your support system? Share and tag them on our socials!
Joe and Mimi Connect IRL!
Joe gets to meet one of the first stroke survivors he connected with online after his stroke, Mimi Hayes! They talk about the importance of connecting with other survivors and its impact on their recovery journeys. Plus they talk about movies and finding "your person" who can help you through your brain injury recovery journey or any journey you are on. Who is "your person" that supports you through whatever journey you are currently on? Share and tag them on our socials!
Joe and Lauren are amazing in their conversations. I feel like I’m a silent observer sitting in the room with them. Thank you!
This is so SERIOUSLY Good, You almost want a Brain Injury to feel like you belong
As a speech language pathologist who’s worked with TBI and stroke survivors for more than 25 years, I’ve never heard a more upbeat, authentic fully transparent exchange between Joe and his guests. The episode with Rebekah with a K was genuinely one of the most poignant, profound and FUN episodes. Imagine talking about impending brain surgery and laughing. I felt privy to Joe’s and Rebeka with a K’s deeply personal conversation. I laughed, I cried, I prayed and I held Rebeka in the light on Thursday when she went for surgery. I’ve recommended this podcast to my patients who need to know about this community of bad ass survivors and thrivers and the great support and knowledge they share. THANK YOU!!
Neuro geeks rock!
New to this podcast, so funny, interesting, and a lot of knowledge gained! Joe is awesome!