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Hope Survives | Brain Injury Podcast

Hope Survives | Brain Injury Podcast

By Cristabelle Braden
Have you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion, or ABI? This podcast is for you. Providing practical tools and inspirational interviews to equip, educate, and encourage the brain injury community. Hosted by award-winning TBI survivor, advocate, and singer/songwriter Cristabelle Braden, this is an uplifting podcast to bring hope to your darkest days.
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61. Overstimulation, Brain Fog, Sensory Awareness (with Taryn Barlow)
Have you ever been so overwhelmed you couldn't finish a task? What about feeling overstimulated in a grocery store, to the point of panicking? Many brain injury survivors experience overstimulation and brain fog. This is a great episode to learn some tools on how to process this, whether you are a survivor yourself or a caregiver learning how to identify this for your loved one. Overstimulation and brain fog can be frustrating both for the survivor and for the people around them. Taryn Barlow is here to teach us some tools on how to evaluate our environment, lifestyle, and symptoms to figure out the source of overstimulation. We talk about practicing Sensory Awareness, how to have a "battle plan" of strategies to help, and the importance of being patient with yourself. Taryn Barlow is a Cognitive Health Coach (TM) which is a unique combination of her background in Speech-language Pathologist, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Taryn is the owner of a virtual private practice (The Well Brain), that combines her knowledge of cognition and brain healthy lifestyle balance to support adults who have sustained brain injury. Connect: IG- @taryn_thewellbrain Email- thewellbrainslp@gmail.com 0:00 Intro 2:30 Cristabelle 9:00 Introducing Taryn 15:15 Lifestyle Beyond Therapies 20:00 Overstimulation - Sensory Awareness 29:00 Brain Fog 31:00 Making Your Battle Plan/Strategy 36:00 Finding the “Something” Source of Overstimulation 42:30 Cognitive Tasks 44:50 Letting Go of Perfection 48:30 Overdoing It Leads to Fatigue 51:00 Words of Hope Note: We will be taking a short break, expect new episodes to return in a couple weeks! CONNECT Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopeafterheadinjury.com/hopesurvives
58:26
July 08, 2022
60. Setbacks During Brain Injury Recovery (with Cristabelle Braden)
It can be hard to hold onto hope when it feels like there are just setbacks around every corner. Listen as Cristabelle shares her heart on this and how to continue moving forward, even when things are really hard. You are not alone. CONNECT Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
25:48
July 01, 2022
59. Patient Empowerment + Guide for Navigating Healthcare (with Dr. Kelsy Rayl)
A major part of living with brain injury can become the doctors appointments, therapies, and healthcare system - but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Dr. Kelsy Rayl is here to walk us through some steps to be more empowered as a patient, including practical tools on what to do to show up at appointments informed and get the most out of them. We also discuss managing symptoms in appointments, identifying personal recovery goals, and how to find the right medical team. It is important to know which doctors will help you to do which things, so that you can get your needs and symptoms addressed.  This is an encouraging and very important conversation for anyone navigating the healthcare system post-brain injury. Whether you are a survivor, caregiver, or family member listening - you'll leave more empowered and informed to know that you can take an active role in this healthcare journey! 0:00 Intro 5:30 Introducing Dr. Kelsy 8:30 Identity Post-Brain Injury 9:40 Lifestyle Change of Dr. Appts 13:30 Patient Empowerment 16:30 Identifying Strengths/Limits 17:45 Provider Perspective 19:00 Understanding Roles of Different Providers 30:15 Managing Symptoms w/ Appts. 36:00 Practical Tips for Documentation 42:15 Identifying & Prioritizing Recovery Goals 47:40 Seeking Second Opinions 48:45 Self-Advocacy 50:00 Words of Hope Connect with Dr. Kelsy: @drkelsyrayl_dpt CONNECT Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
51:56
June 24, 2022
58. Beating the Odds (Inspiring Survivor Story with Dillon Berenty)
"I was given less than 10% chance of surviving. Doctors were saying that they couldn't imagine me walking, that I wouldn't be able to talk, that I couldn't see... and the one big thing about my story is that I proved them all wrong. Even if the odds are stacked against you, and hope seems almost lost, always believe in the little percent that things are going to be okay. Because I took that small percent that they said that I was going to make it - I took it and ran. And I'm still here today." -Dillon Berenty Listen to an inspiring survivor story as Dillon Berenty shares his journey of hope through brain trauma. After a concussion, Dillon was taken to the hospital, and through the scans a brain tumor was discovered. Six brain surgeries later, and a 10% chance of survival, Dillon is beating the odds every day. He shares some of the symptoms, struggles, ways he has learned to adapt, and how he has learned to keep perspective through it all. This is an uplifting story that is sure to encourage you, wherever you are at on your journey. CONNECT Next Zoom Group - June 22 - Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
37:05
June 17, 2022
57. Female Hormones after TBI / Concussion (with Melissa Biscardi)
Hormones can become disrupted after a brain injury, and today Melissa Biscardi is here to share current research and dive deeper into what this looks like for females, including the menstrual cycle, menopause, birth control, and more. We also discuss practical steps you can take if you think you or your loved one's hormones may have been affected. 0:00 Intro 4:55 Melissa & Her Research 8:10 When Menstrual Cycle is “Off” 10:25 Women and Concussions 12:25 Overlap with TBI Symptoms 14:25 Post-Partum Symptoms 15:55 Current Research of Brain Injury & Hormones 19:05 What you can do 20:10 anti-Müllerian hormone - Pre-Menopause & Menopause 23:45 Birth Control 26:20 Hormone Disruption 27:10 Cycle Connection with Risk of Injury 29:55 What you can do Connect with Melissa: rehablab.ca @the.rehab.lab CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
33:22
June 10, 2022
56. Empowered Hope + Lessons Learned from TBI (with Cyndie Braden)
Living with a brain injury, some days hope is the only thing that gets you through. This week, Cristabelle is joined by her mother, Cyndie Braden, to speak about lessons they have learned over the 14 years of brain injuries. They speak vulnerably about some of the difficult aspects of the journey, while also sharing the growth in the family, caregiver, and survivor perspectives. You will also hear clips of Cristabelle from 10 years ago in 2012 speaking about her injury, at around the 5 year mark, as we reflect on 10 years of Hope After Head Injury.   Empowered hope is knowing that there may still be things that will be hard, but there is always something you can do to move forward on your journey. You are not alone! Share how Hope After Head Injury has helped you - in a written or voice message format! https://www.hopeafterheadinjury.com/10years  Connect with Cyndie: @cyndiebraden | email: cyndie@hopeafterheadinjury.com  CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
51:26
June 03, 2022
55. Communication and Cognition after Brain Injury (with Katherine Noyes)
Communication is so important to our world, but it can be drastically affected for brain injury survivors. Difficulties include word finding, forming ideas, expressing oneself, understanding nonverbal cues, and more… so let’s work to understand this deeper and talk about some tips that can help! Today we are diving into the connection between communication and cognition, and how this can be affected after brain injury. Katherine Noyes is a Speech Language Pathologist who is here to guide us in learning tools for improvement for executive functioning and communication. We also discuss tips for family/caregivers to help the survivor get their goal of communication across, as well as the non-verbal side of social cues, difficulty understanding sarcasm, and more. Share how this podcast or the Hope After Head Injury groups have helped you! Accepting written & audio messages that could be shared on the podcast! https://hopeafterheadinjury.com/10years 0:00 Intro 2:00 10 Years 7:05 Introducing Katherine 10:15 Communication & Cognition 15:00 SLP / After Brain Injury 22:05 Tools for Improvement 28:55 Routine as a Strategy 33:05 Word Finding / Goal of Communication 36:05 How Family/Caregivers can Help 39:50 Difficulty with Social Cues / Sarcasm 48:35 Words of Hope Connect with Katherine: @lotus_slp or lotusslp.com CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
50:37
May 27, 2022
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 we may not have known to address. This includes: Autonomic Nervous System, Nutrition / Supplements, Psychological Support, Soft Tissue / Manual Therapy, Rehab + Memory / Cognition. We will also discuss how to find the right clinician. You’ll leave this episode with some takeaways that can help you to find where to go next in your recovery journey. 0:00 Intro 8:45 Introducing Melissa 12:15 Why Rehab? 17:40 Pillars of Care - overview 24:05 Autonomic Nervous System 26:40 Nutrition / Supplements 30:25 Psychological Support 31:30 Soft Tissue / Manual Therapy 35:10 Finding the Right Clinician 41:05 Rehab + Memory/Cognition 43:45 Cristabelle’s Example 49:00 Words of Hope Connect with Melissa: rehablab.ca @the.rehab.lab CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
50:43
May 20, 2022
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 he ever knew, and he began a journey of learning to overcome PCS, including nutrition, mindset, balancing hormones, exercise, and more. Today, Nick shares his story of overcoming PCS and finding hope in recovery. 0:00 Intro 6:20 Nick’s TBI Story 14:05 Symptoms 17:30 Fighting for Recovery 26:00 Power of Mindset 27:50 Taking Control 29:10 Hormones/Nutrition/Lifestyle 36:50 Autonomic Nervous System Regulation 40:50 Think about How you View Yourself 46:50 Words of Hope Connect with Nick: @neurofitnick on IG CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
48:38
May 13, 2022
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 injury. She will also explain dysautonomia and POTS, and share some practical tools to improve autonomic function. 0:00 Intro 2:20 Cristabelle 7:55 Introducing Natasha 13:11 What is the Autonomic Nervous System 14:20 Parasympathetic vs. Sympathetic 17:15 Effect of Concussions/Brain Injury 21:20 Compass 31 Tool to Bring to Practitioners 22:55 Dysautonomia & POTS 25:40 Cristabelle’s Experience 27:25 Identifying Triggers & Response 34:55 Putting the Pieces Together Clinically 36:40 Anxiety or Autonomics? 37:55 Practical Things to Do to Help 42:00 Words of Hope Connect with Natasha: @natasha.wilch or https://www.natashawilch.com/ Compass 31 Assessment: https://www.mvpctr.com/compass-31-online-questionnaire/ CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
43:59
May 06, 2022
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 view ourselves. But you are more than your injury, and there is hope for improvement! This week, Cristabelle goes deeper into some lesser known pieces of her own story, candidly sharing some of the harder parts to talk about including mental health struggles, navigating social cues, abuse and trauma, and more. You'll hear Dr. Jen Blanchette ask Cristabelle questions, as today's interview was originally aired on TBI Therapist podcast: tbitherapist.com CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
45:36
April 29, 2022
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 be a missing piece that can really help to further along brain injury recovery. 0:00 Intro 5:15 Introducing Dr. Jen Blanchette 9:09 Neuropsychology vs. Therapy 14:03 What is “Trauma” exactly? 19:45 Trauma Symptoms 20:45 PCS/PTSD Overlap 24:15 What is Trauma Therapy? 26:25 Role of Autonomic System 31:05 Strategies to Help 32:00 Importance of Community 38:30 Different Types of Trauma Therapy 45:05 Words of Hope Dr. Jen Blanchette is a Maine based licensed psychologist, trauma (PTSD) expert, fitness/yoga professional, and concussion clinician. She has over 10 years of training and experience in brain injury therapy and neuropsychological testing. Her superpower is curiosity and out of the box thinking to aid in finding new ways to thrive. She helps determined, ambitious brain injury survivors gain the tools and support they need to LIVE again. Dr. Blanchette is also the host of the TBI Therapist podcast, which discusses the intersections of meaning, mental and emotional wellness, and acquired brain injury. Contact: tbitherapist.com @tbitherapist CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
48:13
April 22, 2022
49. 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 and sleep disturbances after brain injury, along with more of Dr. Wilkins personal journey with TBI. 0:00 Intro 5:15 Getting to Root Cause 7:00 Trouble Falling Asleep 10:00 Trouble Staying Asleep 16:15 Help with Sleep Medicine 18:05 What is a Sleep Study? 19:30 What Happens when you’re Sleep Deprived 22:15 More Sleep Study Info 24:15 Sleep Hygiene / Habits 33:30 Do what you Can Do 35:15 Words of Hope: There’s Help 37:20 Contact Roy Wilkins, D.C., M.D., RPSGT has extensive training and history in neurology, chiropractic medicine, and sleep medicine. He received his D.C. degree in 1983, residency orthopedics with board certification in 1989, residency neurology board certification in 1992, fellowship with sleep medicine American academy sleep medicine waiver B program in 2006, and MD degree UHSA 2010. He has owned and operated sleep labs White Mountain Sleep Lab from 2003 to present. Contact: roydwilkins@hotmail.com CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
40:08
April 15, 2022
48. Why is Sleep so Important? + Sleep Disturbances after Brain Injury (Dr. Roy Wilkins - Part 1)
Dr. Roy Wilkins is an expert in sleep medicine - and a brain injury survivor himself! This week we will learn the importance of how sleep affects the brain. Dr. Wilkins also shares some of his own journey with TBI, along with why there can be sleep disturbances after a brain injury. Stay tuned for PART 2 with Dr. Wilkins next week! 0:00 Intro 2:15 Cristabelle 7:50 Introducing Dr. Roy Wilkins 9:50 TBI Experience 17:50 Why is sleep so important? 21:10 Sleep & Brain Injury 25:20 Sleep & Autonomic System 28:20 Suggestions for Helping Sleep Roy Wilkins, D.C., M.D., RPSGT has extensive training and history in neurology, chiropractic medicine, and sleep medicine. He received his D.C. degree in 1983, residency orthopedics with board certification in 1989, residency neurology board certification in 1992, fellowship with sleep medicine American academy sleep medicine waiver B program in 2006, and MD degree UHSA 2010. He has owned and operated sleep labs White Mountain Sleep Lab from 2003 to present. CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
37:57
April 08, 2022
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 sides. 0:00 Intro 5:30 Introducing Drew & Terry 9:45 The Caregiver/Spouse Role 12:50 Finding a Rhythm 19:50 Push and Pull of Independence 21:00 Not Being Hard on Yourself 24:45 Depression & TBI 27:00 Survival Mode 28:50 Mindfulness and Mental Health 33:00 Caregiver Perspective 33:41 Lessons Learned 38:10 “A Battle Within” 42:20 Words of Hope Drew & Terry also host their own podcast called "A Battle Within" - hear Cristabelle's interview on their podcast on Ep.120 "There is Always Hope" https://abattlewithin.com/120/ and check out their podcast on all platforms! Connect with them: @a_battle_within CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
45:53
April 01, 2022
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 improve our recovery and overall wellness. 0:00 Intro 2:15 Cristabelle 13:40 Introducing David 17:00 Foundation of Mindset 21:30 Redefine Success 27:40 Being True to You with Loss of Identity 29:50 Importance of Sleep 32:40 Importance of Nutrition 33:55 Management of Stress 35:10 Intentional Movement 38:40 Creating Better Habits 42:55 Personal Growth Mindset David Freeman is a health and fitness professional that has been in the fitness industry for 10+ years. He is the National Digital Performer Brand Manager, Director of Inclusion and Diversity as well as the Co-Host of Life Time Talks Podcast with Life Time the Healthy Way of Life Company. He has been featured on the cover of Experience Life Magazine as an innovator within the health and fitness industry, and has been featured in Men’s Health and Men’s Journal, as the subject matter expert in helping change lives around the world and grow Life Time’s overall brand. Connect with David at @freezy30 on instagram David's Book Recommendation: StrengthsFinder2.0 by Tom Rath CONNECT Listen to Cristabelle's new "Hope Survives" single on all music streaming platforms! Join the Virtual Concert on March 25 - "Hope in Song" supporting Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania - more info: https://biapa.org/hopeinsong Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
52:16
March 25, 2022
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 symptom profile, how to find the right provider, and more! 0:00 Intro 2:30 Announcements from Cristabelle 8:00 Introducing Dr. Molly 11:20 Work-Life-Symptom Balance 15:58 Routine & Boundaries 17:30 Uniqueness of Each Injury 20:00 Need for Comprehensive Care 22:00 Finding the Right Provider 25:45 Different Types/Sub-Types of Concussions 31:45 It’s Treatable 35:00 The Invisible Side 39:15 What works for YOU? Connect with Dr. Molly at @mollyparkerpt or concussioncompass.com CONNECT Join the Virtual Concert on March 25 - "Hope in Song" supporting Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania - more info: https://biapa.org/hopeinsong Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
47:47
March 18, 2022
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 joins Cristabelle for an uplifting conversation, sharing his story and also touching on parenting with a brain injury, coping strategies for symptoms, and the perspective of having a brain injury for nearly a decade. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! 0:00 Intro 6:20 Introducing Jeff 7:50 Brain Injury Awareness 10:20 How did you get your brain injury? 14:55 Finding Normal 16:30 Symptoms & Coping 23:40 Parenting with TBI 30:20 Finding Normal Book & New Normal Movie 33:50 Words of Hope Connect with Jeff at: jeffhuxford.com CONNECT Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
39:42
March 11, 2022
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 - along with encouragement for how you can make a difference by bringing awareness right where you are. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! Related Past Episodes to Check Out: 17. Understanding the Invisible Injury (with Cyndie Braden) 19. Brain Injury Association of America (with Susan H. Connors, BIAA President & CEO) 21. How to Be a Brain Injury Advocate + Tips for Sharing Your Story (with Monica Vaccaro from BIAPA) CONNECT Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
23:29
March 04, 2022
42. Gut-Brain Connection (Dr. Meaghan Kirschling)
Did you know that healing the gut can be a powerful tool in brain injury recovery? Dr. Meaghan Kirschling is back to explain the way that the brain and gut are connected, including how chronic inflammation can adversely affect healing. There is so much hope in learning things that we can do to take our power back in healing. This is an informative and educational episode that will bring a deeper understanding of what we can do to further our brain healing through the gut. 0:00 Intro 6:45 Introducing Dr. Meaghan 9:00 Brain-Gut Connection 11:45 Inflammation & Information 16:35 Gut Affecting Recovery 18:25 Leaky Gut / Leaky Brain 22:15 Healing the Brain through the Gut 28:15 Gluten & the Brain 31:58 Recommendations 39:15 Words of Hope Connect with Dr. Meaghan Kirschling: @drmeaghankirschling on instagram or through www.oneagorahealth.com CONNECT Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
42:51
February 25, 2022
41. Symptom Flare-Ups & Crying Over Bananas (Cristabelle Braden)
When you are so overwhelmed that every little thing is causing symptom overload & emotional responses... it may be time to step back and allow your brain and body to rest. This week, Cristabelle shares a personal story and encouragement for the days when everything is all too much. CONNECT Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
20:38
February 18, 2022
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 we can do to improve recovery. We will also talk about the difference between chronic vs. acute vestibular issues, and practical things we can do to maintain vestibular recovery over time. 0:00 Intro 7:34 Introducing Sonia Vovan, PT 12:40 What is the Vestibular System? 16:57 How does Brain Injury affect it? 20:34 Dizziness, Vertigo, Balance 25:07 Vision / Vestibular Relationship 29:04 Chronic vs. Acute 31:49 Dysautonomia & POTS 37:04 Vestibular Rehab Therapy 40:44 Ways to Improve Vestibular Recovery 45:18 Adaptation vs. Habituation 52:09 Maintaining Recovery 54:49 Words of Hope Connect with Sonia on IG: @all.in.your.head.pt CONNECT Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
58:02
February 11, 2022
39. Applying Creativity to Brain Injury Recovery (with Ali Rheaume)
What does it mean to have a creative mindset - and how can it help recovery? Let’s talk about it! This week Cristabelle is joined by fellow survivor Ali Rheaume to discuss the benefits of creativity, and how having a creative mindset can aid in adaptability. This is an encouraging episode full of practical tips and application points! Ali will also share how incorporating creativity in rehabilitation helped her go from a 10% functioning level and nonverbal after TBI to where she is today! Creative activities can help with learning skills post-TBI like trying new things, expressing emotions, and coping with change. 0:00 Intro 2:25 Cristabelle: Applying Creativity 10:35 Introducing Ali 13:25 Ali’s TBI Story 20:50 Creative Mindset in Recovery 23:30 Planning, Pacing, & Balance 28:05 Benefits of Creativity Post-TBI 32:40 Tips for Trying Something New 36:50 Creative Mindset Helps us Cope 29:30 Words of Hope Connect with Ali on IG: @alison.rheaume ; @embracingunique Register for Ali's BIAA webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4100996272117241867 Join the Brain Injury Community on Clubhouse CONNECT Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
45:05
February 04, 2022
38. Loss of Identity, Grieving the "Old Life," + How it Affects Families (with Cyndie Braden)
The “loss of identity” can be so hard to describe after a brain injury. On the one hand, you are still “you” - but you also don’t feel like yourself. There is also a grief that comes with losing the life you had before the injuries. This week, Cristabelle dives deep into this struggle that survivors face and provides hope in knowing you are more than your brain injury. Then, Cristabelle’s mother Cyndie Braden is here to talk about the caregiver side. Loss of identity does not just affect the survivor, but also the family, as everything changes for them too. We also discuss what is like to grieve the “old life.” You are not alone. NOTES 0:00 Intro 2:10 Cristabelle on Loss of Identity 10:48 Your Story is not Your Identity 19:31 Introducing Cyndie Braden (Cristabelle’s Mom) 24:41 Caregiver Loss of Identity 25:45 Grief Process 44:15 Words of Hope Connect with Cyndie: @cyndiebraden | email: cyndie@hopeafterheadinjury.com CONNECT Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
47:06
January 28, 2022
37. Identity after Injuries - Survivor Story (with Cali Lonardelli)
How do you define yourself when everything about your life has changed? Cali Lonardelli is a survivor of multiple brain injuries, and this week she shares her story of perseverance and hope. As a teenager, she went from an accomplished athlete in gymnastics and pole vaulting to struggling to be able to walk. Her journey has taken her through many years of symptoms and learning to live with a new reality, as well as Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) eating disorder. Cali is a true overcomer and is now a Physical Therapy student and an intern for the non-profit Pink Concussions. Take a listen as she joins Cristabelle for an inspiring conversation shining a light on what it is like to live with brain injury. NOTES 0:00 Intro 6:15 Introducing Cali 9:18 Concussions + Symptoms 13:15 School Adjustments 17:41 Life Change 20:40 Loss of Identity 23:00 RED-S Eating Disorder 27:50 Therapy & Support 39:45 Coping Strategies 46:05 Words of Hope Connect with Cali: @cali.lonardelli and @pinkconcussions CONNECT Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
51:04
January 21, 2022
36. Learning Accommodations + Self-Worth Post-Injury (with Carly Endres, MS, CBIS)
When a brain injury changes your cognitive abilities, your self-worth can be affected. For survivors attending school or in any type of learning environment, it can be hard to keep up because of symptoms and fatigue. Cristabelle knows this firsthand, as she had her first TBI during high school and attended college post-injury. Today we are talking about difficulties with learning after a brain injury, what sort of accommodations are helpful, and how to advocate for yourself. Educator Carly Endres, MS, CBIS, also joins to share insight from her special education background. This episode will provide insight for survivors, parents, families, and anyone in a learning environment. We also talk about some studying tips that are applicable to survivors- whether you are currently in school or not! NOTES 0:00 Intro 2:15 Cristabelle 11:33 Introducing Carly 15:45 Accommodations & Modifications 37:04 Advocating for Yourself / Your Child 41:30 Studying & Reading Tips 49:15 Words of Hope CONNECT Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Connect with Carly through the North Dakota Brain Injury Network: https://www.ndbin.org/ Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
52:26
January 14, 2022
35. Exercise Intolerance + Ways to Increase Movement (with Dr. Mark Heisig)
It is common to develop exercise intolerance while recovering from a brain injury. Today, Dr. Mark Heisig is here to explain why this happens, and give advice for survivors on how to increase movement. Some topics covered: the relationship between symptoms and exercise, autonomic system dysfunction, different types of exercise affect on the brain, suggestions for where to start with increasing movement, and more. Connect with Dr. Mark Heisig and sign up for his newsletter at drheisig.com 0:00 Intro- Exercise Intolerance 7:47 Introducing Dr. Mark Heisig 12:02 What are some challenges with exercise after concussion? 15:33 Exercise & Concussion Symptoms 17:40 Symptom Limited Activity 21:54 Increasing Activity 23:20 Buffalo Concussion Test 28:32 Low, Moderate, and High Intensity Exercise 35:22 Resistance Training 40:53 Duration 44:09 Where to Start for PCS 49:26 Ways to Increase Movement 53:12 Words of Hope Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
57:05
January 07, 2022
34. Warrior Words of Hope
What does it mean to be a brain injury warrior? To kick off the new year, here are some words of hope from 6 incredible survivors. 0:00 Intro 2:21 Cristabelle: Warrior Words of Hope 10:20 Tanya Gauthier: Keep Going 14:02 Jo Ann Glim: Resilience 20:25 Shane Warner: Never Quit 24:07 Ali Rheaume: Combatting Fear 29:34 Rachel Rose Dombeck: Self-Kindness 34:04 Tracy Yatsko Onyekanne: Surviving is Fighting Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
41:09
December 31, 2021
33. Life is Not a Highlight Reel (Cristabelle Braden)
There is a trend to post highlights of the year on social media. But do you find that actually hard to do, or even see from others? Living with brain injury, it is easy to feel discouraged from setbacks, or a recovery timeline you had in mind, or comparing to the "old you" and grieving the life before, as well as coping with symptoms on a daily basis. Listen as Cristabelle discusses all of this, while also sharing some of her personal journey through TBI.  Life is not a highlight reel. And that is okay. Let's talk about it! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! 0:00 Intro 9:44 Life is Not a Highlight Reel 13:56 My First TBI 19:58 Feeling like a Failure 21:47 Improving Little by Little 23:47 Re-Injuries & Setbacks 26:39 Most Recent Concussion Setback 30:14 It Can Be Hard to Look Back 32:14 Celebrating Steps 35:31 Reasons for Discouragement 38:59 You Don’t Need a New Years Resolution 39:41 You Don’t Need Highlights 40:56 You are More 44:34 Different Ways to Reflect Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
47:50
December 24, 2021
32. Victory through Visible & Invisible Disability (Lisa’s Story)
Lisa is a fighter, living with both an invisible injury (TBI) and physical disability. She was born with Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain), contracted spinal meningitis as an infant, and has been an advocate for disabilities her entire life. Then, in 2011 she sustained a traumatic brain injury from an accident playing wheelchair basketball.  This is an episode that is sure to inspire and encourage all who listen, as Lisa Pubantz eloquently shares her story of victory. She joins Cristabelle to discuss the tension between the invisible injury and the physical disability, how society treats people with disabilities, and how the TBI symptoms are often misunderstood. 0:00 Intro 6:13 Introducing Lisa’s Story 15:03 Wheelchair Basketball & Races 16:27 Adjusting after TBI 19:53 Surviving the Injury 22:14 Symptoms & Challenges 25:45 Visible vs. Invisible Disability 28:37 Misunderstood TBI Symptoms 31:38 Mental Health 34:49 How Others Treat People with Disabilities 42:58 Claiming Victory 46:28 Words of Hope Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
49:07
December 17, 2021
31. Hormones after Brain Injury (with Dr. Meaghan Kirschling)
Did you know that hormones can be affected by a brain injury? Hormonal imbalances can actually be a contributing factor to persistent symptoms, along with affecting sleep, stress response, and reproductive systems. Today, Dr. Meaghan Kirschling is here to talk about some of these potential hormonal changes, and how it could potentially affect a brain injury survivor. We also including variables in age, differences between male and female, and sex drive. NOTES 0:00 Intro 4:29 Introducing Dr. Meaghan 10:18 Brain Injury Affects Hormones 14:14 What if it goes untreated? 15:22 Stress Response 16:32 Hormones & Persistent Symptoms 17:25 Pituitary Gland 21:58 Cortisol & Adrenal Glands 25:28 Variables (Age, etc.) 27:59 Oxytocin, Emotional Connection 31:19 Male vs. Female Differences 34:59 Birth Control & Menstrual Cycle 37:38 Testosterone & Estrogen Balance 40:03 Sex Drive 43:47 Sleep & Melatonin 45:25 Recommendations 51:43 Words of Hope Connect with Dr. Meaghan Kirschling: @drmeaghankirschling on instagram or through www.oneagorahealth.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
56:48
December 10, 2021
30. Emotional Responses after Brain Injury + How it Affects Relationships
Emotions after brain injury can come in extremes - highs, lows, outbursts - or you can end up just feeling "blank" or nothing at all. Survivors also could have a hard time expressing their emotions and verbalizing it. Emotions also affect our identity, how we view ourselves, and directly impact our relationships. Today, Cristabelle leads us through all of this, sharing some personal examples along with encouragement for listeners. Join the online community & monthly zoom support group (Next meeting December 23): hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury YouTube: youtube.com/hopeafterheadinjury Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
23:15
December 08, 2021
29. Emotional Dysregulation (with Rebecca Quinn & Carly Endres from NDBIN)
"A brain injury is the only time that we ask the injured body part to regulate itself..." How do you handle emotions after brain injury? What are some ways to help? Let's talk about it! Today Cristabelle is joined by Rebecca Quinn & Carly Endres from the North Dakota Brain Injury Network for a conversation about emotional dysregulation as it relates to brain injury. We cover some common "tells" including outbursts and overstimulation, the cognitive behavioral spiral, the importance of mindfulness, and encouragement for both caregivers and survivors. Episode Info & Tip Sheet Download: https://hopeafterheadinjury.com/644/emotional-dysregulation-with-ndbin/ NOTES 0:00 Intro 2:21 Why this topic? 7:50 Introducing Rebecca & Carly 14:35 Emotions after Brain Injury 16:23 Cognitive Symptom Inventory Info 20:40 Emotional Dysregulation 26:20 “Tells” - Outbursts & Overstimulation 32:35 Cognitive Behavioral Spiral 34:06 Mindfulness 37:03 Giving Permission to Yourself 43:27 Healing is Physical and Emotional 49:55 Little Steps for Improvement Connect with Rebecca & Carly through the North Dakota Brain Injury Network: https://www.ndbin.org/ Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
52:05
December 03, 2021
28. Developing a Balanced Life Post-Injury (with Marlene Rivera, CBIS)
How do you realistically implement medical recommendations into your lifestyle? Let's talk about it. Today Cristabelle is joined by Marlene Rivera, CBIS, to learn about how to develop a balanced life post-injury. We discuss some of the barriers that people might encounter, and also strategies such as how to communicate with medical professionals, the importance of a routine, prioritizing, and community. More Info on Re-Discover U: https://www.councilonbraininjury.com/rediscoveru Cristabelle will be sharing on Monday December 6, join via zoom at the link above! NOTES 0:00 Intro 1:46 Why this topic? 7:24 Introducing Marlene 10:12 Identifying Barriers 17:14 Communicating with Medical Professionals 18:59 How to Better Follow Through 21:44 Connection with Others 23:17 Examine your Season of Life 24:36 Schedule & Routine 33:05 Prioritizing 39:16 Perspective 45:14 Words of Hope 46:38 ReDiscoverU Info Connect with Marlene through CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
49:36
November 26, 2021
27. Surviving the Holidays with Brain Injury
The Holidays are upon us - and that can be overwhelming for brain injury survivors! For the first shorter "minisode" (mini+episode!) of Season 2, Cristabelle will walk us through some strategies and practical tips to manage symptoms and get the most out of your holiday gatherings. Join the online community & monthly zoom support group (Next meeting December 23): hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
18:03
November 24, 2021
26. Finding Confidence After Concussions (with Allison Cook, Miss Oregon USA)
Today we're kicking off Season 2 with five time concussion survivor and Miss Oregon USA, Allison Cook, on finding confidence and knowing your worth. We talk about coping with symptoms, overcoming imposter syndrome, the invisible injury, and more! NOTES 0:00 Intro 1:41 Welcome to Season 2 9:24 Introducing Allison 12:39 Allison’s Concussion Journey 15:59 Coping with Symptoms 19:18 Invisible Injury 23:07 Imposter Syndrome Post-TBI 26:24 Confidence in Sharing Your Story 30:05 Dealing with Criticism & Misunderstandings 34:06 Comparison 39:16 You Matter 43:33 Words of Hope Connect with Allison: @allisonecook | @missorusa | allisoncook.com Hope After Head Injury: @hopeafterheadinjury | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Join the online community & monthly zoom support group: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community Brain Injury Bible Study: @braininjurybiblestudy | braininjurybiblestudy.com Hosted by Cristabelle Braden: @cristabellebraden | facebook.com/cristabellebraden | cristabellebraden.com Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Thank you to Council on Brain Injury for supporting this podcast by providing a microphone as part of their grant program to the brain injury community. Check out the amazing work done by CoBI at: councilonbraininjury.com This podcast is for education and informational purposes only, and not intended for medical advice. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your physician. More: hopesurvivespodcast.com
47:31
November 19, 2021
25. Out of the Darkness - Mental Health, Depression, Inspiring Survivor Story (with Tracy Yatsko)
Today is an inspiring episode all about finding hope, featuring survivor and Emmy Award winning host Tracy Yatsko. In 2005, she sustained a serious traumatic brain injury from playing basketball that completely derailed her life. From dealing with the invisible injury, grieving the old self, debilitating symptoms, and deep depression, she candidly shares her story. This episode is all about encouragement to anyone listening - survivors, caregivers, family members - it is possible to find your way out of the darkness. Season 1 - Episode 25 Thank you for being a part of Hope Survives Podcast for 25 episodes! This is the Season 1 Finale, as we take a short break to prepare for Season 2 - which will have even more education, awareness, and support! If there are any topics you would like to hear covered in Season 2, please email me: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com - as I would love to hear from you! -Cristabelle Watch Tracy's Out of the Darkness Brain Injury Awareness PBS39 special (featuring Cristabelle as one of the guests!) | https://www.wlvt.org/television/out-of-the-darkness/ CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Website | hopeafterheadinjury.com Support Group | facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury IG | @hopeafterheadinjury BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY: Free online Bible study for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and family members Hosted by Cristabelle every Saturday on Zoom - sign up: braininjurybiblestudy.com MEET OUR GUEST: Tracy Yatsko is a brain injury warrior and activist. She currently serves on the board of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and manages its social media platforms. Tracy also co-leads a monthly virtual support group for survivors and caregivers. In 2005, Tracy sustained a concussion that completely shifted her life… from having hopes and dreams of getting a Division 1 scholarship in track and field to fighting daily for hope and survival. Tracy became the voice of the Pennsylvania Concussion Bill, Safety in Youth Sports Act in 2011, and continues to raise her voice surrounding concussion awareness and all things hope, healing and happiness. Tracy is an Emmy Award winning host, receiving her award for a sports feature in 2020. She is a former talk show host, producer and multimedia journalist at PBS39. Tracy unashamedly loves Jesus and uses her faith and relationship with God to help people get out of the darkness and into the Light. IG: @tracyyatsko | Email: tracylynnyatsko@gmail.com ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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April 27, 2021
24. Fatigue Management + Strategies (with Natalie Mackenzie)
After a brain injury, fatigue can become one of the most draining and difficult parts of getting through the day or week. Today we going to talk about some strategies and tips on how to manage that fatigue with Natalie Mackenzie, who has worked in the field of Neuro Rehabilitation for 20 years. Part of this is learning about what Natalie calls the 3 P’s: Planning, Prioritization, and Pacing. Season 1 - Episode 24 CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Website | hopeafterheadinjury.com Support Group | facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury IG | @hopeafterheadinjury Brain Injury Bible Study |  braininjurybiblestudy.com MEET OUR GUEST: Natalie Mackenzie has worked in the field of Neuro Rehabilitation for nearly 20 years. As a Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist and Certified Brain Injury Trainer, she has worked with hundreds of families and clients as Founder and Director of a Community Cognitive Rehabilitation service in the UK. Natalie is also known as The Cognitive Rehab Coach, providing online support and education, blog writing, and contributions to the industry magazine, The NR Times.  Natalie has trained a huge number of employees, as well as other industry professionals and spoken at conferences, whilst holding board positions for charities. She strives to increase standards in long term brain injury rehabilitation in the UK and providing more support to those struggling with any level of brain injury. Natalie holds a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology, and is currently completing her ADHD Coaching qualification with IACT. Natalie has a wealth of experience and training in the field both with adults and children, across severities of TBI from concussions to severe injuries. Natalie focus on a large range of goals, identified with the client, from day to day functional skills to return to work or education settings. Natalie works closely with clients and families to educate and provide support with understanding the challenges of living with a hidden disability. Strategies, insights and training is provided to help navigate the pathway, with a holistic approach. As a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Natalie also provides sessions to deal with anxiety, stress, adjustment and general relaxation to all ages. Areas of expertise include fatigue management, insight and awareness, adjustment and formation of self and strategy implementation. As well as enjoying some geek level brain education to explain in simple why the brain doesn’t quite work the way we want it to sometimes! But with huge emphasis on the strengths of strategy implementation and adjustment to change of roles and formulation of changed values post injury. Find out more at Facebook and IG follow The Cognitive Rehab Coach for more information. https://www.facebook.com/thecognitiverehabcoach IG: @thecognitiverehabcoach ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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April 20, 2021
23. Brain Health - Strategies to Optimize your Brain for Healing (with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)
Let’s talk about brain health after sustaining a brain injury with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe. These are some simple strategies that you can begin to incorporate into your routine to help optimize your brain for healing. Season 1 - Episode 23 Mentioned by Dr. Schmoe: Brain Exercises in Experience Life Article: https://experiencelife.lifetime.life/article/the-neurobic-workout/ ProloGel: prologel.com The Brain Health Online Summit: https://www.thebrainhealthonlinesummit.com CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Website | hopeafterheadinjury.com Support Group | facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury IG | @hopeafterheadinjury Brain Injury Bible Study |  braininjurybiblestudy.com MEET OUR GUEST: Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DC DACNB FACFN FABBIR, is the founder and director of The Functional Neurology Center and Co Developer of The Brain Health Online Summit. Over the past 10 years he has been working with patients with complex neurological dysfunction. He has treated thousands of patients with head injuries, vertigo, dysautonomia, dizziness, movement disorders, neuro-degenerative and developmental disorders. He enjoys seeing the most complex cases Integrating neuro-rehab, manual therapy, lab work and nutrition. He has worked with many professional NHL and KHL hockey players and has been highlighted in Minnesota Hockey Magazine. He has also been in The Huffington Post, Experience Life Magazine and WCCO for his work. He specializes in working with post concussion syndrome and vestibular symptoms, which is his passion. He has lectured Nationally and Internationally in Canada and England for the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board DACNB, passed the FACFN examination and was the valedictorian of the 2015 FABBIR Carrick Institute TBI program. He has presented at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Annual Conference, North Dakota TBI Network and in Washington DC at the Federal Interagency TBI Conference. He has been a guest on numerous podcasts and has presented at the University of Minnesota annual sports symposium as well as the Minnesota Chiropractic Association Concussion Conference and annual conference. He enjoys educating other providers and patients on functional neurology. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. He lives and practices in MN. His wife Erin is also a chiropractor and they have a daughter named Willow and a  dog named Burrberry who likes to hang at the clinic. His center in Minnesota has seen thousands of patients in an intensive care model helping with Post Concussion, Dizziness, Vertigo, Dysautonomia, TBI and ABI. Website: https://theFNC.com/ Email: drschmoe@thefnc.com ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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April 13, 2021
22. Not Giving Up - Encouragement for Survivors, Caregivers, Families (with Cyndie Braden)
What does it mean to “not give up” on the brain injury? Let’s talk about it. Cristabelle shares encouragement for survivors and her mother Cyndie Braden offers support for caregivers and families. We talk about different aspects of choosing to not give up, including family dynamics, the day-to-day things, and how to give yourself grace for the hard days. Season 1 - Episode 22 *Check out the "Not Giving Up" Brain Injury Awareness Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAjpyM81jsw CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury IG: @hopeafterheadinjury BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Saturdays on Zoom with Cristabelle! Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com MEET OUR GUEST: - Cyndie Braden has over 20 years experience teaching and developing educational curriculum, and she holds a Master of Science. After being thrown into the world of brain injury by her daughter’s injury, Cyndie has been passionately learning about brain injury research and finding resources while supporting the brain injury survivors and families. She has been invited to speak at brain injury conferences and events. She also has advocated with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and in Washington D.C. and works alongside her daughter Cristabelle to support the community of Hope After Head Injury. IG: @cyndiebraden ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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April 06, 2021
21. How to Be a Brain Injury Advocate + Tips for Sharing Your Story (with Monica Vaccaro from BIAPA)
Hands down, one of the questions I am asked most frequently is something like, “how do I become a brain injury advocate” or “how do you get started sharing your story?” On today’s episode, I’m sharing a lot of what I have learned about advocacy through the years - joined by Monica Vaccaro, director of programs at the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, to share her perspective and insight! We are talking about being a self-advocate for brain injury, tips for sharing your story, and also how to get involved with advocacy on a larger scale if it’s something you are interested in! Brain Injury Awareness Month might be almost over, but the advocacy goes on all year long! :) Let’s continue to use our voices together to make a difference! Xo, Cristabelle Season 1 - Episode 21 MEET OUR GUEST: - Monica Vaccaro has been working in the field of brain injury for over 30 years. She is currently the Director of Programs for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. She is very passionate about advocacy and doing everything she can to bring more awareness to this hidden injury. We have a conversation about brain injury symptoms, how they affect survivors on a practical and emotional level, and some strategies and tips for how to manage them. Website: biapa.org | IG: @braininjurypa CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Contact: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Zoom Support Group - 4th Thursday of Every Month IG: @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Zoom meetings on Saturdays led by Cristabelle Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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March 30, 2021
20. Concussion Awareness + Safety in Sports (with Protect Your Skull)
Bringing a fresh perspective to sports concussions, Tracey Suggs and Foster Wilkins are the founders of Protect Your Skull - the world’s first and only concussion awareness brand creating quality performance apparel for today’s athlete. They are amazing advocates as they work hard to educate for safety in sports- today’s conversation is one you don’t want to miss! Season 1 - Episode 20 March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! MEET OUR GUESTS: Protect Your Skull, LLC is the world’s first concussion awareness, performance, and lifestyle brand. It was established in 2013 by former athletes Tracey Suggs and Foster Wilkins. This is a brand that promotes the overall well-being of athletes. It’s the quality of life culture that PYS is pioneering. The game has evolved. Quality of life after the game matters most.  Website: protectyourskull.com - Tracey Suggs is the Protect Your Skull, LLC Creative Director and co–founder. He currently lives in Charlotte, NC with his beautiful wife of 20 years and their 3 beautiful children.  Promoting concussion awareness and safety in all sports to the next generation of athletes through his work with universities, youth sports camps, sports leagues, and organizations across the country is a primary focus. Suggs played football as a defensive back for Fayetteville State University of the CIAA Conference. He believes that winning now has to incorporate playing the game safer and smarter through a higher level of awareness both mentally and physically.Suggs is committed to creating a quality of life culture beginning with the next generation youth athletes and leaders. He believes that by using his power to empower the youth to achieve greatness in life that the world becomes a better place for the future. -Foster Wilkins is the co-founder of Protect Your Skull. Wilkins’ success as an athlete and devoted alumni earned his 2007 induction in the Fayetteville State Football Hall of Fame. Through several years of playing football, Wilkins experienced concussions and minor injuries that led to the concept of providing athletes with knowledge to play sports with your health as the leading factor. As a collegiate football coach, Wilkins was highly impacted to become an advocate for an athlete’s health when he encounter his own players suffering from serious injuries and concussions, he knew that in order to pursue a successful athletic career a person’s health will have to be top priority. After coaching, Wilkins cultivated a philosophy of sustaining a healthy lifestyle to increase the quality and longevity of life. Among the Fayetteville State University’s community, he is known as an avid donor to the athletic program to ensure current players have access to safe and efficient equipment. Wilkins is instrumental in connecting the brand with local high schools and colleges to ensure players are proactively thinking about Life After the Game. CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com FB Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY- Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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March 23, 2021
19. Brain Injury Association of America - Advocacy + Resources (with Susan H. Connors, BIAA President and CEO)
Susan H. Connors, president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America, is here today for a special Brain Injury Awareness Month Episode. Listen as she shares about what the BIAA does, including help and resources that are available to survivors. Susan is a champion for brain injury, and today she also shares some of her personal journey as to how she got involved in the BIAA and what she has seen in brain injury awareness over the last 25 years. The discussion closes with encouragement and tips for those who may want to get involved with advocating on a broader scale. Season 1 - Episode 19 March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! Get involved in the BIAA's campaign: #MoreThanMyBrainInjury MEET OUR GUEST: Susan Connors is president and chief executive officer of the Brain Injury Association of America. She was executive director of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators from 2001 to 2005 and BIAA’s national director of state affairs from 1995 to 2001. Ms. Connors has served in advisory capacities and on expert panels for several federal agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations and has authored numerous publications, position statements and articles. She has a bachelor’s degree in public communication from George Mason University. She is a non-voting member of the board. BIAA Mission: To advance awareness, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. Website: biausa.org | IG: @bia_usa CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Contact: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Zoom Support Group - 4th Thursday of Every Month IG: @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Zoom meetings on Saturdays led by Cristabelle Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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March 16, 2021
18. PINK Concussions - Female Brain Injury Awareness + Gaps in Research (with Katherine Snedaker)
How is female brain injury different? Today we are talking about awareness centered on female brain injury and concussions. Cristabelle is joined by Katherine Snedaker, founder of PINK Concussions. She offers some insight into the gaps in research when it comes to brain injury in women for this episode for Brain Injury Awareness Month. Season 1 - Episode 18 MEET OUR GUEST: Katherine Snedaker is the Executive Director and Founder of PINK Concussions, a non-profit focused on female brain injury including concussion from sports, violence, accidents, and military service. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. IG: @katherine_snedaker | @pinkconcussions PINK Concussions is the first ever non-profit organization to focus on pre-injury education and post-injury medical care for women and girls with brain injury including concussion incurred from sport, violence, accidents or military service. Website: pinkconcussions.com CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Zoom Support Group - 4th Thursday of Every Month  IG: @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Zoom meetings on Saturdays led by Cristabelle Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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March 09, 2021
17. Understanding the Invisible Injury (with Cyndie Braden)
Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. For the first week of Brain Injury Awareness Month, we are discussing how brain injury is an invisible injury, and how this affects survivors and families on a daily basis. Today, Cristabelle is joined once again by her mother, Cyndie Braden, for this special awareness month episode of Hope Survives! Season 1 - Episode 17 CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury IG: @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com MEET OUR GUEST: - Cyndie Braden has over 20 years experience teaching and developing educational curriculum, and she holds a Master of Science. After being thrown into the world of brain injury by her daughter’s injury, Cyndie has been passionately learning about brain injury research and finding resources while supporting the brain injury survivors and families. She has been invited to speak at brain injury conferences and events. She also has advocated with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and in Washington D.C. and works alongside her daughter Cristabelle to support the community of Hope After Head Injury. IG: @cyndiebraden ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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March 02, 2021
16. Ways to Help Calm Brain Injury Symptoms (with Natasha Wilch)
If you've ever been overwhelmed or overstimulated with brain injury symptoms, you are not alone. Today, Natasha Wilch is here to share some ways to help us calm down symptoms. We discuss some simple strategies along with encouragement for survivors. Season 1 - Episode 16 MEET OUR GUEST: - Natasha Wilch is a Registered Physical Therapist based in Western Canada whom had dedicated her career to working with individuals with concussion. Her passion in learning has led her to training in vestibular rehab, acupuncture, clinical neuroscience and more. She is the owner of Symphony Rehabilitation and Co-Founder of Concussion Compass. Always looking for ways to better serve her clients, she was one of the first clincians in Canada to offer virtual care. Natasha has won the Canada Entrepreneur of the year award in 2017, Vancouver Island’s top 20 under 40 business & community achievement award in 2018 and this year she won the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award for Physical Therapy. symphony-rehab.com Concussion Compass: concussioncompass.com Get Natasha's Free PDF - "3 Ways to Calm Your Concussion Symptoms": https://www.concussioncompass.com/3-ways-to-calm-your-concussion-symptoms-opt-in CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury IG: @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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February 23, 2021
15. Resilience - through Stroke & Brain Abscess (with Don't Count Me Out! hosts Jo Ann and Brad)
Resilience: we can come back stronger than we ever realized through brain injury! Today, Cristabelle hosts a delightful conversation with survivors Brad Neufeld and Jo Ann Glim. They share their stories, what resilience means, and encouragement to listeners to never give up. Season 1 - Episode 15 Jo Ann and Brad are the hosts of Don’t Count Me Out: A weekly program that offers stroke survivors tools, tips, interviews and hope. See Cristabelle's interview on their show at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkUn5QDJYoo CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury IG: @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com MEET OUR GUESTS: - Brad Neufeld is the Founder and CEO of the Resilience Talk Network and Co-Host of the “Don’t Count Me Out” Podcast, a podcast for Stroke Survivors. Brad has more than 30 years of experience working in the mental health industry as a mentor.  Back in December of 2008, Brad was diagnosed with a Brain Abscess and has experienced a total of 7 TIA’s, which are transient ischemic attacks or “Mini Strokes”.  His passion is assisting others with overcoming the challenges of life.  resiliencetalknetwork.com - Jo Ann Glim is an author, podcaster, motivational speaker, and stoke survivor. Jo Ann Glim was born in Chicago, Illinois to a military family and raised in Anacortes, Washington in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest. It was an ideal place to raise a precocious child, especially one that’s inquisitive and daring. Tragically, her mother passed away from a stroke when Glim was fourteen. This was the beginning of a life-path plotted with many dark events. In her own words, “Instead of consuming me, they made me stronger, and I’m here to tell you, darkness can be replaced with light.” Glim’s three-pronged career of broadcast and print media, freelance writing, and business management formed her into the indie author she is today. Her 5-Star books, the award-winning “Begotten With Love,” and her newest release “Trapped Within,” are both non-fiction, life-stories filled with challenges, hope, and humor. Glim now lives in Florida with her husband Bill and their Scottish terrier, Lucy. Her passions are writing, photography, travel, handbells, and hiking. A paralyzing stroke nearly twenty-four years ago left her most of all, grateful for life itself! Jo Ann’s Book: https://amazon.com/-/e/B00IOQF83Q ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. www.cristabellebraden.com
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February 16, 2021
14. Keep Going! - Inspiring TBI Survivor Story (with Tanya Gauthier, TBIncredible)
How do we keep going on the brain injury journey? Sometimes it can be a struggle just to get through the day. Today Cristabelle keeps it real, sharing that it is not always easy, but we can choose to never give up. Next, Tanya Gauthier, founder of the nonprofit TBIncredible, joins to share her inspirational story through her own traumatic brain injury and encouragement to listeners on how to keep going! Season 1 - Episode 14 MEET OUR GUEST: As the youngest of three children growing up in New Jersey, Tanya Gauthier understands the importance of family and strong community values. From ballet classes to extra tutoring sessions, she learned to appreciate the value of hard work at a very young age. In 2009, while in her junior year at West Point, Tanya survived a near fatal car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Tanya was determined to complete her education. In 2011, she earned her degree in psychology and environmental engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Tanya’s mantra, ‘Keep Going!’ serves as her rallying cry when faced with adversity. While 2020 has been a challenging year for nearly everyone, Tanya persevered and founded TBIncredible nonprofit for fellow brain injury survivors. The organization, TBIncredible provides free recreational therapy through therapeutic photography. Through her love for photography, she found a wonderful way to share her passion with other TBI survivors to aid in their recovery. Always thinking of others, more than herself, Tanya uses therapeutic photography to bring back happiness to those that need it the most. Website: tbincredible.com CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Zoom Support Group- Sign Up: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community IG: @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com FB group: facebook.com/groups/braininjurybiblestudy ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. www.cristabellebraden.com
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February 09, 2021
13. Brain Injury Motivation: Staying Determined (Survivor Stories)
Today we are talking about what it means to be determined and stay motivated on our journey through brain injury! First, Cristabelle will share some encouragement from her own journey with brain injury, and how staying determined doesn’t always mean pushing through. It’s so important to be kind to yourself! Next, Steven Thompson will share about his decades long journey through brain injury and how he continued to stay determined to achieve his goals. Finally, Shane Warner will share his story through TBI, how he stayed motivated, and how the mindset he learned from being in the National Guard helped him in his recovery journey. Shane is also the host of his own podcast called IronWill which you can find here: https://ironwill.us/the-podcast/ (Hear Cristabelle’s interview with IronWill on Episode 46!) Season 1 - Episode 13 EPISODE GUIDE: 0.00 Intro | 1:00 Cristabelle/Determination | 12:36 Steven Thompson | 24:08 Shane Warner CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY: hopeafterheadinjury.com Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB: Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Zoom Support Group- Sign Up: hopeafterheadinjury.com/community IG: @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: BRAIN INJURY BIBLE STUDY Sign Up: braininjurybiblestudy.com FB group: facebook.com/groups/braininjurybiblestudy ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. www.cristabellebraden.com
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February 02, 2021
12. Dysautonomia - How Autonomic Nervous System is Affected by Brain Injury & Concussions (with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)
What is dysautonomia? How is it related to brain injury? How do you know if you have it? How is it treated? Today, Dr. Jeremy Schmoe is back for a follow-up on last week’s episode on the vestibular system, to dig even further into some of the ways that autonomics can be affected by brain injury. Season 1 - Episode 12 CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden Email: cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com Website | hopeafterheadinjury.com Support Group | facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat on FB Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury IG | @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: Brain Injury Bible Study | Free Online | sign up: braininjurybiblestudy.com FB group: facebook.com/groups/braininjurybiblestudy MEET OUR GUEST: Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DC DACNB FACFN FABBIR, is the founder and director of The Functional Neurology Center and Co Developer of The Brain Health Online Summit. Over the past 10 years he has been working with patients with complex neurological dysfunction. He has treated thousands of patients with head injuries, vertigo, dysautonomia, dizziness, movement disorders, neuro-degenerative and developmental disorders. He enjoys seeing the most complex cases Integrating neuro-rehab, manual therapy, lab work and nutrition. He has worked with many professional NHL and KHL hockey players and has been highlighted in Minnesota Hockey Magazine. He has also been in The Huffington Post, Experience Life Magazine and WCCO for his work. He specializes in working with post concussion syndrome and vestibular symptoms, which is his passion. He has lectured Nationally and Internationally in Canada and England for the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board DACNB, passed the FACFN examination and was the valedictorian of the 2015 FABBIR Carrick Institute TBI program. He has presented at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Annual Conference, North Dakota TBI Network and in Washington DC at the Federal Interagency TBI Conference. He has been a guest on numerous podcasts and has presented at the University of Minnesota annual sports symposium as well as the Minnesota Chiropractic Association Concussion Conference and annual conference. He enjoys educating other providers and patients on functional neurology. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. He lives and practices in MN. His wife Erin is also a chiropractor and they have a daughter named Willow and a  dog named Burrberry who likes to hang at the clinic. His center in Minnesota has seen thousands of patients in an intensive care model helping with Post Concussion, Dizziness, Vertigo, Dysautonomia, TBI and ABI. Website: https://theFNC.com/Email: drschmoe@thefnc.com ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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January 26, 2021
11. The Vestibular System and Brain Injury (with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)
What is the vestibular system? How does it affect brain injury survivors? What symptoms can be caused by dysfunction of this system? Today, Dr. Jeremy Schmoe is here to answer these questions and so much more. Next week, Dr. Schmoe will be back to continue this conversation & talk about Dysautonomia. Season 1 - Episode 11 MEET OUR GUEST: Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DC DACNB FACFN FABBIR, is the founder and director of The Functional Neurology Center and Co Developer of The Brain Health Online Summit. Over the past 10 years he has been working with patients with complex neurological dysfunction. He has treated thousands of patients with head injuries, vertigo, dysautonomia, dizziness, movement disorders, neuro-degenerative and developmental disorders. He enjoys seeing the most complex cases Integrating neuro-rehab, manual therapy, lab work and nutrition. He has worked with many professional NHL and KHL hockey players and has been highlighted in Minnesota Hockey Magazine. He has also been in The Huffington Post, Experience Life Magazine and WCCO for his work. He specializes in working with post concussion syndrome and vestibular symptoms, which is his passion. He has lectured Nationally and Internationally in Canada and England for the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board DACNB, passed the FACFN examination and was the valedictorian of the 2015 FABBIR Carrick Institute TBI program. He has presented at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Annual Conference, North Dakota TBI Network and in Washington DC at the Federal Interagency TBI Conference. He has been a guest on numerous podcasts and has presented at the University of Minnesota annual sports symposium as well as the Minnesota Chiropractic Association Concussion Conference and annual conference. He enjoys educating other providers and patients on functional neurology. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. He lives and practices in MN. His wife Erin is also a chiropractor and they have a daughter named Willow and a  dog named Burrberry who likes to hang at the clinic. His center in Minnesota has seen thousands of patients in an intensive care model helping with Post Concussion, Dizziness, Vertigo, Dysautonomia, TBI and ABI. Website: https://theFNC.com/ Email: drschmoe@thefnc.com CONNECT: Hosted by Cristabelle Braden | @cristabellebraden hopeafterheadinjury.com facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Tuesdays @ 7pm EST - Live Chat Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury @hopeafterheadinjury *NEW: Brain Injury Bible Study | Free Online | sign up: braininjurybiblestudy.com FB group: facebook.com/groups/braininjurybiblestudy ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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January 19, 2021
10. Emotional Changes - Coping Strategies + How to Work Through Complex Emotions (with Dr. Ann Marie McLaughlin)
Emotional changes after brain injury are common. The way that the brain is physically affected can cause changes in emotional response. Also, dealing with a major life change can lead to complicated feelings and trauma responses. If you have experienced a wide range of confusing emotions, know that you are not alone! Today, Dr. Ann Marie McLaughlin joins Cristabelle to share her expertise. Let’s talk about some of the ways that emotional changes affect survivors, common root causes, and some coping strategies and tips on how to work through the complex emotions that can happen after brain injury. Season 1 - Episode 10 MEET OUR GUEST: Dr. Ann Marie McLaughlin is the current president of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (https://biapa.org). She developed her interest in brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation while training in the neuropsychology lab at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. From there, she moved on to a nationally recognized rehabilitation hospital and helped support their expanding brain injury unit. Dr. McLaughlin worked for 20 years in this acute rehabilitation hospital where she held positions including Director of Psychology and Program Manager for the Stroke, Chronic Pain and Brain Injury programs. She was responsible for start up of a 45 bed brain injury unit; focusing on program development, staffing and program outcomes of the inpatient unit as well as outpatient services, including a mild head injury program. In 2001, she brought her wealth of experience and skills to ReMed, as the Clinical Director of ReMed’s Outpatient, Home and Community Based Services. There she has championed creative interdisciplinary treatment approaches to serve a range of clients who have sustained mild to severe brain injuries. Dr. McLaughlin is a hands on Clinical Director and works directly with the clients and the team to develop the best possible treatment plans for achieving desired goals in their homes and communities. Clients and staff rely on her ability to listen, support and problem solve. She is known for her quick wit as well as her ability to remain calm in the midst of a crisis; essential skills in the constantly changing and challenging world of brain injury rehabilitation. Through her years working in acute and post acute brain injury rehabilitation, Dr. McLaughlin has also focused on the needs of caregivers. She developed programs to support brain injury survivors as well as their families through an education series and group therapy. Dr. McLaughlin continues to share her talents to improve the lives of the people who have sustained brain injuries and their families. She is an active member of the Brain Injury Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, focusing on issues of cognitive rehabilitation and community integration. She has published articles on topics related to brain injury, chronic pain, staff stress and family coping, and has presented on these topics at numerous conferences. CONNECT: Website | https://hopeafterheadinjury.com Facebook Support Group | https://facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Instagram | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle’s IG | @cristabellebraden  ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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January 12, 2021
9. Re-Injuries, Symptom Flare-Ups, and Combatting Fear (with Ali Rheaume + Natasha Wilch)
The journey of living with brain injury comes with ups and downs. Today, you will hear from two guests: - Survivor Perspective: Ali Rheaume has been living with a TBI for 5 years, and just sustained a re-injury concussion a few months ago. She shares some of her journey and tips for dealing with re-injuries, along with encouragement on how to combat fear. - Professional Perspective: Natasha Wilch is here to share some of the medical reasons that survivors might fa ll or hit their heads more often, advice for how to prevent re-injuries, the difference between a new injury and a flare-up, and more. Setbacks might happen, but we can get through them. I hope this episode provides some encouragement and hope that healing is possible. You are not alone! Xo, Cristabelle Season 1 - Episode 9 GUIDE: 0:00 INTRO | 0:36 Cristabelle | 7:07 Ali | 22:32 Natasha MEET OUR GUESTS: - Ali Rheaume is an encouraging light in the journey of overcoming brain injury. She writes microblogs to help spread hope, provide new perspectives, and apply her gift of teaching to educate and advocate. Ali is an ambassador for Concussion Compass and an involved member of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. She is passionate about people and bringing community together. Ali also started the brand "embracing unique" to share her art, while reminding individuals to honor who they are and what they b ring to world. Ali is also an inspirational speaker who has been featured on a webinar with HeadsUpCAN, a presentation with the BIA, and shared her story on Declaration Life podcast. IG: @alison.rheaume | Art IG: @embracingunique - Natasha Wilch is a Registered Physical Therapist based in Western Canada whom had dedicated her career to working with individuals with concussion. Her passion in learning has led her to training in vestibular rehab, acupuncture, clinical neuroscience and more. She is the owner of Symphony Rehabilitation and Co-Founder of Concussion Compass. Always looking for ways to better serve her clients, she was one of the first clincians in Canada to offer virtual care. Natasha has won the Canada Entrepreneur of the year award in 2017, Vancouver Island’s top 20 under 40 business & community achievement award in 2018 and this year she won the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award for Physical Therapy. symphony-rehab.com Concussion Compass: concussioncompass.com CONNECT: Website | https://hopeafterheadinjury.com Facebook Support Group | https://facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Every Tuesday at 7pm Eastern, Cristabelle hosts a live virtual brain injury encouragement chat at Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury - would love to invite you to join! Instagram | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle’s IG | @cristabellebraden ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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January 05, 2021
8. Residential Programs, Community Living, Post-Acute Rehab (with Success Rehabilitation)
There are many different options to help survivors to grow in independence. Did you know there are residential programs for brain injury that are different from the inpatient hospital setting? In fact, Success Rehab is just one example of what a community living program can look like. They provide post-acute rehabilitation for both residential and outpatients, but also do so much more to empower brain injury survivors to grow in confidence, find employment, and simply enjoy life! Season 1 - Episode 8 Listen to previous "Resources & Treatment Options" episodes 3 & 4 for more! MEET OUR GUESTS: For 30 years, Success Rehabilitation has specialized in post-acute brain injury rehabilitation. “We create new opportunities for those who have experienced brain injury: one individual, one family, one success at a time.” Website: https://www.successrehab.com/ -Joanne Tangney, MSW, LSW, CBIS, Co-Founder, President & CEO Joanne P. Tangney graduated from the University of Maryland with an Undergraduate Degree in Social Work and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University. In 1990, she Co-Founded Success Rehabilitation, Inc. and currently resides as the President & CEO of the organization. Ms. Tangney has dedicated her entire professional career to working with individuals who have an acquired brain injury. Ms. Tangney sits on the Board of Director’s for the Rehabilitation Community Providers Service Organization (RCPSO) and RCPA Board of Directors (Rehabilitation Community Providers Association) and is an active member of this organization to ensure that the needs of individuals with brain injuries are addressed at the State level. Ms. Tangney was named Lehigh Valley Business’s 25 Women of Influence Award Winners 2018. The Women of Influence awards honors women business leaders for their contributions to their companies, industries, and communities. -Stefanie Bauman, BA, CBIS, Director of Admissions & Clinical Services Stefanie Bauman graduated from Muhlenberg College with Undergraduate Degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education. After teaching elementary school, she worked in various social services agencies including the National MS Society and then transitioned to working for about 17 years in the mental health field. In 2012, Stefanie began working at Success Rehabilitation as the Director of Admissions.  In 2013, she earned her certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and maintains this certification. She has been and continues to be an active participant in the RCPA Brain Injury Committee, is an attendee of the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, and is co-chair of the Brain Injury Association of PA Annual Conference. Having experienced being a family member of a TBI survivor since July 2000 gives Stefanie a unique perspective when working with new clients and family members. She is honored to do the work she does at Success Rehabilitation and loves to have the opportunity to blend her professional work with her passion for supporting those who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. CONNECT: hopeafterheadinjury.com facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury IG | @hopeafterheadinjury ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com
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December 29, 2020
7. Nutrition - The Relationship between Food and Brain Health (with Brigid Titgemeier @beingbrigid)
Did you know that the foods we eat can have a huge impact on improvement and healing after a brain injury? Today, nutrition expert Brigid Titgemeier (@beingbrigid) is here to share all about the relationship between food and brain health. Specifically, we are going to be talking about the brain/gut connection, how the food we eat can actually help to improve brain injury symptoms, and some simple meal ideas and tips on how to incorporate brain healthy foods into your routine. Learning that there is a way to help my brain injury symptoms simply by the foods I choose to eat has brought me so much hope - which is why I am so excited to share this interview with Brigid! I hope it empowers you to know that there is always something else you can do that can help to make a difference in your recovery. Xo, Cristabelle Season 1 - Episode 7 Highlights: -The food we eat can help to reduce neuro-inflammation and consequently improve brain injury symptoms. -The gut lining and the blood/brain barrier have similarities and are deeply connected; leaky gut can lead to leaky brain. -There are simple ways to incorporate better food options to help improve brain health. -“When you heal your gut you’re better able to heal your brain, and when you start to focus on the nutrients that heal your brain, it helps to improve the health of your gut.” MEET OUR GUEST: Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD, IFNCP is a Functional Medicine Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and health advocate, on a mission to transform your health and change your life through personalized nutrition. With a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition and Board Certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Brigid was a founding dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, under Dr. Mark Hyman. Throughout her career she has worked with 4,000 clients. She founded the functional nutrition and health consulting business, BeingBrigid Nutrition in 2018 to offer consistent health outcomes for her executive clients by leveraging a data driven personalized nutrition approach, advanced lab testing, education and coaching. She created a graduate course in integrative and functional nutrition with Dr. Stephanie Harris at Case Western Reserve University and co-teaches this course to educate future healthcare practitioners in functional nutrition. Brigid has a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from Miami University, as well as a Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. Brigid has completed four years of advanced functional medicine training through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy and the Institute for Functional Medicine. Brigid has published numerous articles for Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials, Mind Body Green, The Chalkboard Mag, U.S. News and World Report, and the Huffington Post. Website: beingbrigid.com CONNECT: hopeafterheadinjury.com Live Chats every Tuesday at 7pm Eastern | Facebook.com/HopeAfterHeadInjury Online Support Group | facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury IG | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host.  cristabellebraden.com
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December 22, 2020
6. Adapting + Adjusting to Life After Brain Injury (Survivor Stories)
Simply put… life is different after brain injury. So what is it like adjusting and adapting to living with symptoms and everything else that comes with having a brain injury? Today you’ll hear from two survivors sharing their stories, and how they have been learning to live in the “new normal”. My hope is that this episode brings you some encouragement that you are not alone and provides some tips that you might be able to apply to your own journey. Season 1 - Episode 6 GUIDE: Intro 0:00 | Adapting 0:37 | Rachel 6:05 | JR 24:50 MEET OUR GUESTS: - Rachel Rose Dombeck is a brain injury survivor, wellness enthusiast and entrepreneur. After having a brain injury in January 2016, her busy, active and outgoing life came to a screeching halt. Battling loss, isolation and loneliness, depression and anxiety she learned to rebuild her life through ultimate faith in God and the support of doctors, family and friends. Rachel knows that living with a brain injury is anything but easy, and that learning to live with, navigate and have a full life while managing brain injury symptoms requires community and support from other survivors. She hopes to be just that to others in her journey, whether they have a TBI or not. She believes that while we do not choose what happens to us, we can choose what we do with it and still build a meaningful life. IG: @rachelrosedombeck - JR Copeland is a brain injury survivor who has chosen to never give up. He sustained his TBI from a DUI incident and has now been sober for 9 years since his accident! He is a proud member of Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse and loves attending Camp BIAG, which is put on by the Brain Injury Association of Georgia. CONNECT: hopeafterheadinjury.com Live Chats every Tuesday at 7pm Eastern | Facebook.com/HopeAfterHeadInjury Online Support Group | facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury IG | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Releasing multiple albums of original music and touring all over the United States, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes.  Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. She is a sought after speaker, both in brain injury and Christian ministry events. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies.  In 2020 she launched an inspirational and uplifting podcast called Declaration Life. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury.
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December 15, 2020
5. Coping with Brain Injury Anniversary Dates - Survivor, Caregiver, Spouse, & Mother Perspectives
How do we approach brain injury anniversaries? That day can bring up a weird feeling, it can be painful, it can be hard to get through. Each of us will have different experiences with it. Today we will have perspectives from survivors as well as family members. Wherever you are on your journey, my hope is that this episode helps you to know know you’re not alone, and gives you tools and practical tips for dealing with your anniversary. Xo, Cristabelle Season 1 - Episode 5 You'll hear from: 1) Cristabelle & her mother Cyndie Braden 2) Survivor: Jessica Karnes 3) Couple: David & Gretchen Christenson 4) Mother: Nicole Bingaman GUIDE: 0:00 - Intro | 0:36 - Cristabelle & Cyndie Braden | 13:03 - Survivor, Jessica Karnes | 24:20 - Couple, David & Gretchen Christenson | 42:07 - Mother, Nicole Bingaman MEET OUR GUESTS: - Jessica Karnes is a brain injury and chronic illness warrior. She has persevered through multiple head injuries which has impacted her life and her family in a multitude of ways. She has had to learn how to do things over again after each injury, but she never gives up! She studied social work and obtained a bachelor’s degree at Spring Arbor University. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching Disney movies! - David and Gretchen Christenson are small town South Dakota residents.  David is a crop insurance agent, and Gretchen is a teacher.  David suffered a TBI in a vehicle versus pedestrian hit and run 8 blocks from their home on November 14, 2009. They now refer to that date as David's "Alive Day" and are thankful for a recovery that many call a miracle. Book: https://amzn.to/36YmRpr - Nicole Bingaman became acquainted with TBI in 2012 when her adult son had an accident resulting in a catastrophic traumatic brain injury. She has worked for over 20 years in the human service field, but is most passionate about raising brain injury awareness. Her book, Falling Away from You, was published in 2015. The book was written from the depths of Nicole’s grief. She is a blogger for BrainLine.org, and a contributing writer for the Mighty and TBI HOPE magazine. Her story, Love Wins, was featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Kind America. Nicole serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and was named a TBI Hope Hero in 2019. Nicole is a certified yoga instructor, who has been trained with the LoveYourBrain foundation. Book: https://amzn.to/33WZs5X | nicolebingaman.com - Cyndie Braden has over 20 years experience teaching and developing educational curriculum, and she holds a Master of Science. After being thrown into the world of brain injury by her daughter’s injury, Cyndie has been passionately learning about brain injury research and finding resources while supporting the brain injury survivors and families. She has been invited to speak at brain injury conferences. She also has advocated with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and in Washington D.C. and works alongside her daughter Cristabelle to support the community of Hope After Head Injury. CONNECT: hopeafterheadinjury.com facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. cristabellebraden.com
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December 08, 2020
4. Music Therapy, Physical Therapy Benefits + info on Concussion Compass & Camp Cranium (with Lexi Campbell and Natasha Wilch)
This week we explore the benefits of music therapy and physical therapy in relation to brain injury - along with some great information about Concussion Compass (online membership for post concussion syndrome) and Camp Cranium (summer camp for kids with brain injury). Season 1 - Episode 4 HIGHLIGHTS: -Music Therapy can help with speech, coordination, rhythm, processing trauma, emotions, memory, and so much more. Music can access so many different parts of the brain and is helpful in creating new pathways. -Physical Therapy can help brain injury survivors improve in many areas including gait, dizziness, neck pain, the vestibular system, sensory issues, spacial awareness, and more. -Concussion Compass is an online membership community for people living with post concussion syndrome to help members understand how to move forward with mini-courses, resources, and mentorship. -Camp Cranium is a non-profit summer camp that empowers kids and teens with brain injury. GUIDE: 0:00 - Intro | 3:08 - Music Therapy | 15:53 - Camp Cranium | 21:53 - Physical Therapy | 31:45 - Concussion Compass MEET OUR GUESTS: - Lexi Campbell has a masters in music therapy from Drexel University, and her BSN (nursing) from University of Pittsburgh. She has been a pediatric nurse since 2013, and in 2008 she started Camp Cranium, a non-profit camp empowering children with brain injury. Her work has been recognized by numerous awards, receiving awards from the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA) and the Council on Brain Injury (CoBI), along with KDKA’s Hometown Hero award in Pittsburgh. She was also nominated for the Jaffee award and has twice been selected as a finalist for the Philly Magazine Health Hero. campcranium.org - Natasha Wilch is a Registered Physical Therapist based in Western Canada whom had dedicated her career to working with individuals with concussion. Her passion in learning has led her to training in vestibular rehab, acupuncture, clinical neuroscience and more. She is the owner of Symphony Rehabilitation and Co-Founder of Concussion Compass. Always looking for ways to better serve her clients, she was one of the first clincians in Canada to offer virtual care. Natasha has won the Canada Entrepreneur of the year award in 2017, Vancouver Island’s top 20 under 40 business & community achievement award in 2018 and this year she won the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award for Physical Therapy. symphony-rehab.com Concussion Compass: concussioncompass.com Holiday Call (Dec 9) Registration: concussioncompass.com/navigating-the-holiday-season-xmas-call CONNECT: hopeafterheadinjury.com facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury IG | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle’s IG | @cristabellebraden ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. www.cristabellebraden.com
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December 01, 2020
3. Functional Neurology, Speech Pathology, Clubhouses & Camps (with Kyle Sloan, Nan Kennelly, Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)
Ever wanted to learn more of the options out there to help with brain injury? Listen for some great information about clubhouses, camps, speech language pathology, and functional neurology. HIGHLIGHTS: -Brain injury clubhouses help with life skills, independence, community, and readiness for employment. -Brain injury camps empower survivors to be themselves. -Speech Language Pathology is about more than speech, it can help with communication, cognition, executive functioning, and more. -Functional Neurology is an approach that works to integrate multiple different systems to improve neurological function, and can help with many different types and stages of brain injuries. Season 1 - Episode 3 GUIDE: 0:00 - Intro | 1:33 - Clubhouses & Camps | 16:30 - Speech Language Pathology | 35:29 - Functional Neurology MEET OUR GUESTS: - Kyle Sloan is on staff at Beacon House brain injury clubhouse in Va. Beach, VA, and has recently joined the board of directors for the International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance (IBICA). Kyle was first introduced to the brain injury community in 2003 at Camp Bruce McCoy in Chesapeake VA, where he has now been involved every year for the last 17 years. Kyle’s goal is to always serve survivors and provide the opportunities that they need in order to be a part of a community. Find a Clubhouse - IBICA: braininjuryclubhouses.net Beacon House: egglestonservices.org/brain-injury-services/#0 Camp Bruce McCoy: biav.net/camp - Nan Kennelly has over 26 years of experience treating cognitive-communication disorders related to brain injury. She is both owner and treating speech-language pathologist at Onword Therapy, a private practice in Fargo ND that specializes in treatment of brain injury related difficulties. Nan is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Trainer and serves as chair of the ND Brain Injury Advisory Council. Nan has a passion to both educate and advocate for individuals living with brain injury. Onword Therapy: onwordtherapy.com  - Dr. Jeremy Schmoe is the founder and director of The Functional Neurology Center and Co Developer of The Brain Health Online Summit. Over the past 10 years he has been working with patients with complex neurological dysfunction. He has treated thousands of patients with head injuries, vertigo, dysautonomia, dizziness, movement disorders, neuro-degenerative and developmental disorders. The Functional Neurology Center: thefnc.com CONNECT: Website: hopeafterheadinjury.com Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Instagram: @hopeafterheadinjury Every Tuesday at 7pm Eastern, Cristabelle hosts a live virtual brain injury encouragement chat at facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury - would love to invite you to join! ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. cristabellebraden.com
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November 24, 2020
2. Common Challenges, Strategies, + The Science Behind Why Symptoms Happen (with Monica Vaccaro and Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)
Today’s episode is all about common challenges brain injury survivors face! Let’s talk about how survivors are affected every day, strategies and tips to help, and some of the science behind why symptoms happen. Cristabelle is joined today by two special guests, Monica Vaccaro (Director of Programs for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Jeremy Schmoe (Founder and Director of The Functional Neurology Center). Together, they bring a well rounded view to this topic. Season 1 - Episode MEET OUR GUESTS: - Monica Vaccaro has been working in the field of brain injury for over 30 years. She is currently the Director of Programs for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. She is very passionate about advocacy and doing everything she can to bring more awareness to this hidden injury. We have a conversation about brain injury symptoms, how they affect survivors on a practical and emotional level, and some strategies and tips for how to manage them. - Dr. Jeremy Schmoe is the founder and director of The Functional Neurology Center and Co Developer of The Brain Health Online Summit. Over the past 10 years he has been working with patients with complex neurological dysfunction. He has treated thousands of patients with head injuries, vertigo, dysautonomia, dizziness, movement disorders, neuro-degenerative and developmental disorders. Today, he shares some of the science behind brain injury symptoms. He talks about autonomics, vision and eye movements, the vestibular system, and more. He explains how a brain injury can affect the way that these systems integrate which can then cause difficulties and symptoms that affect survivors every day. https://thefnc.com CONNECT: Website | https://hopeafterheadinjury.com Hope After Head Injury Facebook Support Group | https://facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Every Tuesday at 7pm Eastern, Cristabelle hosts a live virtual brain injury encouragement chat at Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury - would love to invite you to join! Instagram | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle’s IG | @cristabellebraden Facebook.com/cristabellebradenmusic ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. In 2020 she launched an inspirational and uplifting podcast called Declaration Life. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury.
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November 17, 2020
1. Finding Hope: Life with Brain Injury
Let’s talk about the real-life struggles of this invisible injury, and the reason why hope is so important. On this episode, Cristabelle invites her mother, Cyndie Braden, to join for a conversation sharing some of their family’s journey on finding hope through brain injury,  the symptoms and struggles they have faced, and encouragement to fellow survivors and caregivers. Season 1 - Episode 1 ABOUT THIS PODCAST: Have you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion, or ABI? This podcast is for you. Sharing hope, support, and education for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and families. Hosted by award-winning TBI survivor, advocate, and singer/songwriter Cristabelle Braden, this is an uplifting podcast to bring hope to your darkest days. Subscribe and stay tuned for messages of encouragement, interviews with professionals, and survivor stories. CONNECT: Website | https://hopeafterheadinjury.com Hope After Head Injury Facebook Support Group | https://facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Every Tuesday at 7pm Eastern, Cristabelle hosts a live virtual brain injury encouragement chat at Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury - would love to invite you to join! Instagram | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle’s IG | @cristabellebraden Facebook.com/cristabellebradenmusic MENTIONED: Brain Injury Association of America | www.biausa.org Camp Cranium | www.campcranium.org Camp Bruce McCoy | https://www.biav.net/camp/ Functional Neurology Center | https://thefnc.com/ MORE: Music for Brain Injury (YouTube Playlist) | https://tinyurl.com/y6oe5gcb Declaration Life Podcast (Cristabelle’s faith-based podcast) | https://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Releasing multiple albums of original music and touring all over the United States, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes.  Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. She is a sought after speaker, both in brain injury and Christian ministry events. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies.  In 2020 she launched an inspirational and uplifting podcast called Declaration Life. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury.
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November 10, 2020
Hope Survives (Trailer)
Hi, I’m Cristabelle Braden, and this is my brain injury podcast Hope Survives. Here we share hope, support, and education for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and families. As a survivor of traumatic brain injury and multiple concussions, I know what it’s like to struggle to find hope. I don’t want anyone to feel as alone as I did, and that’s why I started my online community called Hope After Head Injury. This podcast is an extension of that, and I’d love to invite you to join along as we explore the realities of life with brain injury, with messages of encouragement, interviews with doctors and professionals, and survivor stories. Thanks for listening, and be sure to subscribe and stay tuned for more. No matter where you’re at on your journey... there is always hope! CONNECT: Hope After Head Injury | www.hopeafterheadinjury.com Facebook - Live Chats every Tuesday at 7pm Eastern | facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury Online Support Group | facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury Instagram | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle Braden | www.cristabellebraden.com Cristabelle's Facebook | facebook.com/cristabellebradenmusic Cristabelle's Instagram | @cristabellebraden Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Releasing multiple albums of original music and touring all over the United States, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes.  Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. She is a sought after speaker, both in brain injury and Christian ministry events. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies.  In 2020 she launched an inspirational and uplifting podcast called Declaration Life. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury.
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November 04, 2020