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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. 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.
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23. Brain Health After Brain Injury
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. *Free Spring Webinar: "Brain Health in Concussions & TBI/ABI" This Saturday April 17 - register thebrainhealthonlinesummit.com Mentioned by Dr. Schmoe: Brain Exercises in Experience Life Article: https://experiencelife.lifetime.life/article/the-neurobic-workout/ ProloGel: prologel.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
29:22
April 13, 2021
22. Not Giving Up
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. *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
30:02
April 6, 2021
21. How to Be a Brain Injury Advocate
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 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
43:45
March 30, 2021
20. Concussion Awareness & Safety in Sports - 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! 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
47:07
March 23, 2021
19. Brain Injury Association of America
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. 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
33:45
March 16, 2021
18. PINK Concussions - Female Brain Injury Awareness
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. 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
47:17
March 9, 2021
17. Understanding the Invisible Injury
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! 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
24:33
March 2, 2021
16. Ways to Help Calm Brain Injury Symptoms
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. 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
31:36
February 23, 2021
15. Resilience - through Stroke & Brain Abscess - Don't Count Me Out!
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. 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
44:20
February 16, 2021
14. Keep Going! - with 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! 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
39:54
February 9, 2021
13. Staying Determined
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!) 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
45:10
February 2, 2021
12. Dysautonomia and Brain Injury
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. 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
30:35
January 26, 2021
11. The Vestibular System and Brain Injury
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. SEND YOUR QUESTIONS: Next week, Dr. Schmoe will be back to continue this conversation & talk about Dysautonomia. Please email questions for Dr. Schmoe to cristabelle@hopeafterheadinjury.com by the end of this week, and we will answer them in next week's episode. 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
32:47
January 19, 2021
10. Emotional Changes After Brain Injury
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. 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 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
36:27
January 12, 2021
9. Re-Injuries, Flare-Ups, and Combatting Fear
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 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
52:29
January 5, 2021
8. Resources & Treatment Options: 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! 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
29:27
December 29, 2020
7. Nutrition for Brain Health
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 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
39:22
December 22, 2020
6. Adapting to Life After Brain Injury
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. Xo, Cristabelle 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.
43:31
December 15, 2020
5. Brain Injury Anniversaries
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 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
57:51
December 8, 2020
4. Resources & Treatment Options: Music Therapy, Physical Therapy Benefits - plus info on Concussion Compass & Camp Cranium
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). 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
38:56
December 1, 2020
3. Resources & Treatment Options: Functional Neurology, Speech Pathology, Clubhouses & Camps
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. 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
59:17
November 24, 2020
2. Common Challenges and Symptoms
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. 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.
46:57
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. 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.
41:43
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.
00:58
November 4, 2020