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Nutritional Additions to Aid Healing in a Damaged Brain

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have severe and long-lasting effects on a person’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. While medical interventions play a vital role in the recovery process, nutrition can also significantly contribute to healing the damaged brain. This article aims to provide information about nutritional additions that assist in brain healing. By […]

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Don’t Give Up Rehab and Exercise EVER!

motivational quotes to keep you going, especially during those challenging exercise days: “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin “The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” – Kenneth H. Cooper “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice […]

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40. Vestibular Rehab + Ways to Improve/Maintain Recovery (with Sonia Vovan, PT)

After a brain injury, the vestibular system can be impacted and cause symptoms such as feeling off-balance, dizziness, vertigo, headaches, vision, and more. So this week we are discussing all things vestibular recovery with Sonia Vovan, PT! Sonia is here to share her expertise and educate us on all things vestibular rehabilitation, focusing on things […]

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45. Uncovering your Personal Path to Recovery (Dr. Molly Parker)

While each brain injury is unique, there are things we can do to treat it – as you find what works on your personal path of recovery. Dr. Molly Parker shares her personal concussion experience, including advice for work/life/symptom balance, routine, and boundaries. Then, we dive into the different types/sub-types of concussions, understanding your individual […]

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44. Finding Normal + Living with TBI (with Jeff Huxford)

What does “normal” mean anyway? Jeff Huxford was a family medicine doctor in northwest Indiana for ten years before having to retire due to complications from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). He has since become a blogger, author, and speaker – and his story is currently being turned into a feature film! This week, Jeff […]

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43. The Importance of Brain Injury Awareness (Cristabelle Braden)

Brain Injuries are invisible. You can’t see them on the outside, and that’s one of the reasons awareness is so important. They can be overlooked, misdiagnosed, or mistreated, and survivors feel the burden.  This week, Cristabelle shares some of her personal brain injury story, and how she has seen awareness improve over the last decade […]

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50. The Role of Trauma/PTSD in Brain Injury + How to Find Help (with Dr. Jen Blanchette)

Something often overlooked in brain injury recovery is the effect of trauma or PTSD on the survivor. Trauma symptoms can have a lot of overlap with brain injury symptoms, as both stimulate the Autonomic Nervous System. Dr. Jen Blanchette helps us to uncover what this overlap can mean, and explains how addressing trauma can often […]

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How to Sleep Better to Improve Brain Healing (Dr. Roy Wilkins – Part 2)

Let’s discuss some specifics on how to sleep better after a brain injury. Dr. Wilkins also shares important information on sleep hygiene, what a sleep study will do, and hope that there is help available. This is Part 2 – check out last week’s episode to hear an introduction on how sleep affects the brain […]

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47. Survivor/Caregiver Partnership and Communication (with Drew and Terry Niemann)

Let’s talk about effective communication between survivors and family caregivers at home! This week, married couple and survivor/caregiver duo Terry & Drew Niemann are here to inspire us and talk about some of the challenges and lessons learned on their journey. We also discuss mental health, depression, mindfulness, and the importance of communication from both […]

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46. Personal Growth Mindset + Connecting to Your Values and Strengths (with David Freeman)

There are a lot of things you CAN do to help your recovery – and it’s built on the foundation of your mindset! This week, fitness professional David Freeman, who has also had concussions from playing football, helps us to connect to our values and strengths and shares some tangible things we can do to […]

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53. Take Control of Your Recovery (Survivor Story with Nick Krantz)

After 17+ concussions, Nick Krantz found himself at the end of his rope, having been told by many medical professionals that there wasn’t really anything he could do, and he would just have to live with the symptoms. It was then that he discovered that there is so much more to brain injury recovery than […]

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52. Autonomic Nervous System Recovery (with Natasha Wilch)

After a concussion or brain injury, the function of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) can be commonly disrupted. This can cause a dysregulation between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system – leading to increased symptoms. This week, Natasha Wilch is back to explain the ins and outs of the ANS as it relates to brain […]

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51. Survivor Self-Worth + Cristabelle's Mental Health Journey

How can the “invisible” injury affect our self worth? Survivors often don’t realize their own identity as separate from their brain injury. Living with symptoms for so long can take a toll on mental health. It’s also easy to take in how other people view the “invisible” injury and let it negatively impact how we […]

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54. Pillars of Concussion Care + Holistic Approach (with Melissa Biscardi)

Brain injury affects the whole person – and every injury is different. That is why it is so important to learn as much as we can about current research and rehab practices. This week, Melissa Biscardi from Rehab Lab is guiding us through pillars of concussion care to learn about different pieces of recovery that […]

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