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Making Headway

Mariah Morgan & Eryn Martin

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Making Headway is a podcast made for brain injury survivors by two friends who also happen to be brain injury survivors. Known as the "invisible disability", brain injuries can make survivors feel alone and isolated even though an estimated 1.5 million Americans are affected every year. You are not alone. Join hosts Eryn Martin (subarachnoid hemorrhage survivor) and Mariah Morgan (subdural hematoma survivor) on their brain injury recovery journeys as they interview medical practitioners and ...
 
Recovering from a brain injury can feel very lonely, but The NeuroNerds Podcast is here to help through our love of all things nerd and pop culture! Each Tuesday, join Joe Borges and his co-host Lauren Manzano as they share stories from their personal recovery journeys. They offer tips for coping and thriving post-brain injury. Some episodes feature interviews with fellow survivors and experts. While many episodes explore varying nerd topics from comic book movies to video games that all rel ...
 
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All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode Joe is chatting with fellow stroke survivor and podcaster, Eryn Martin. They share how they both found support in the recovery through podcasting and how their journeys to becoming st…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, our host Joe and his partner and our producer Felice talk about a very special dog that belonged to our good friends Jon and Patricia. She was key to Joe’s mental health during his f…
 
What should you look for in a good rehab therapist? How do you find a good neuro recovery clinic? This episode is a must listen for therapists and patients! Today, Marabeth and Danielle from Expanded Practice explain their ideals surrounding good therapy. Positive mindset in both the patient and the therapist forms the basis of successful therapeut…
 
This. Episode. It has hit more glitches than any other one! Sound quality and late posting aside, this is one of our best! It’s a metaphor for how life is. Rewarding experiences oftentimes require the most work. It is these hard times that end up giving us the most value; as brain injury survivors we understand this all too well! Sara Tucker Howe i…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, our host Joe and co-host Lauren discuss the role of anger when dealing with trauma from the perspective of the Jedi and Sith in Star Wars. Going through any type of brain injury expe…
 
A first ever solo episode! Join Eryn as she delves into all the skills that have helped her post brain injury. Listen to learn more about pacing, the value of a broad support team, monopolizing on your new ‘slower’ brain, and for some awesome pod, book, and movie recommendations. You won’t want to miss this one. It’s all that and a bag of tricks! (…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary We’re kicking off the year with Dina Chon from TAAF - The AVM & Aneurysm Foundation! Our host Joe is chatting with Dina about TAAF’s advocacy and support for AVM and aneurysm survivors and their plan…
 
We’re BAAAAAACCCKKK! And better than ever! Check out Season 2, episode 40 to find out what Mariah and Eryn have been up to and where the show is headed in 2022. Also, tune in for some great, hard-earned advice on how to help yourself and others dealing with brain injury along with what to look for in a healthcare provider. These lessons have come h…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It’s our last episode of 2021 and it’s a special Joe Solo Rocks edition with our host Joe chatting solo about the past year in review and his hopes, dreams and goals for 2022. He is spreading positiv…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary This episode continues our series with our sponsor Motus Nova featuring power user Maddi Neibanck and her experience using their robotic hand for physical therapy at home. She shares her progress and…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, our host Joe opens up about his struggles since dealing with higher than normal overstimulation during Thanksgiving and how it’s affecting him throughout this holiday season. As a br…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Not all disabilities are visible. Our host Joe for instance has deficits as a result of his stroke but most wouldn’t be able to tell by just looking at him. In this episode, Joe and co-host Lauren, t…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It’s the week of Thanksgiving in the States so Joe and Lauren are talking all about gratitude. Having a brain injury adds another layer to the meaning of finding gratitude in everyday life. Joe and L…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary We love celebrating fellow survivors and their stories through recovery and beyond. In this episode, we’re featuring stroke survivor Tymiak Hawkins who is sharing his story in a big way with the debu…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Winter is coming which means the holidays are on the way so our host Joe is talking with his partner and our producer Felice about how they prepare for this time of year. It can be especially overwhe…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe is interviewing 2x stroke survivor, mother, and Dictionary nerd, Tania Saiz. Tania shares her perspective of recovering from a stroke while parenting. Joe and Tania talk about ho…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Halloween is one of our favorite times of year because well, we're nerds and we love scary movies and costumes (especially those involved with our various fandoms). But this year, Halloween will also…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary With World Stroke Day approaching, we're chatting with stroke survivor Amanda Salgado. In this episode our host, Joe, talks with Amanda about her story which started with her training to be a physica…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe is chatting with his good friend and fellow brain injury survivor, Emily Matheny. Emily suffered 3 brain aneurysms in 2018, all the while maintaining her mental health during rec…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It’s National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day (TN) on October 7th so we have Mackenzie Lea as our guest in this episode, talking about her experience with this condition. Joe and Mackenzie talk ab…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary The NeuroNerds are running in the London marathon! Well, virtually participating that is, since we're not physically there, on behalf of the Brain & Spine Foundation on October 3, 2021. In this episo…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary We're continuing our Motus Nova series with Dr. Nick Housley, the medical mind behind this innovative company helping stroke and brain injury survivors revolutionize their recovery at home. Especiall…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: Lauren is back recording in the studio! In this episode our co-host Lauren finally reunites with our host Joe, in person. They discuss the latest Matrix 4 trailer and how therapy and mental healthca…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. summary: September is National Chiari Awareness Month, so in this episode our host Joe is talking with Abby Jarman who not only a chiari survivor but also an amazing advocate for the brain injury community t…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. In this episode, our host Joe interviews David Wu, founder and CEO of Motus Nova which is a company that builds robots to help with stroke rehabilitation. Joe and David talk about the inequities and insuffic…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: What if Joe never had a stroke? What if this Covid pandemic never happened? What if we never recorded this episode? In this episode, our host Joe and guest co-host Felice dive into the world of Marv…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: In this episode, Joe chats with fellow podcaster and brain injury survivor - Bill Monroe. They talk about Bill’s show, Strokecast, which explores rehab, recovery, and neuroscience plus they talk abo…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary This is our most unique episode yet! Joe hosts weekly support groups for brain injury survivors on Clubhouse and this past week with the help of Michael Shutt, Mackenzie Lea and Adrian Treadway, the …
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, our host Joe is reflecting on his 5-year anniversary of the stroke that changed his life in 2016. During this special 'stroke-iversary' episode Joe talks about how his stroke transfo…
 
Have you had trouble describing what you are experiencing post brain injury? Is it hard for you to connect what makes symptoms better or worse? Felicia and Allie know first hand how hard it is to gain self-awareness, understand your new self, communicate your experience with others, and get the help you need. Their own personal journeys with brain …
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: The overdue Tokyo Olympics have finally arrived! In this episode Vince Holland, former Olympic level weight lifter and stroke survivor, joins our host Joe to share stories about their athletic exper…
 
In a world where being fast and pushing through exhaustion is everything, the slow down after a brain injury is especially jarring. Hannah Halvorsen, professional ski racer on the US Cross Country Ski Team, joins us to share what brain injury has taught her. Take a listen to our talk on how awareness, acceptance, appreciation, kindness, support, an…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: Black Widow is back and so is our co-host Lauren! In our latest episode, Joe and Lauren share their reactions and reviews of the new Black Widow movie and Loki Marvel series. They discuss the PTSD a…
 
We survivors understand the world in a different way. We have found that the worst of times shape you in a fundamental way like nothing else can. The silver linings are plentiful. Building a life after injury that holds these new perspectives in the forefront takes courage and an openness to become something new. Elle Gargano has taken her experien…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: We're back with new episodes for the summer! Our host Joe talks about the new Survivor To Thriver Mindset Program he is getting ready to launch. It’s a program to help brain injury survivors create …
 
Domestic violence survivors are a unique subset of brain injury. Many have experienced several types of brain injury from blunt force trauma and strangulation inflicted on them by their abusers. They commonly experience several types of trauma and mental health struggles. Substance use and limited social support can also play a role. Getting surviv…
 
We're off for the July 4th holiday but wanted to re-air an oldie but a goodie- one of our very first interviews with our friend Chris Dittrich! He has been an inspiration to us since we met! Hope you all enjoy. Eryn and Mariah interview fellow survivor, Chris Dittrich, who suffered from a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car crash during his…
 
Summary: We are taking 2-week break to prepare for new episodes coming on Tuesday 7/13/21! We have some exciting new guests coming plus our host, Joe is launching his coaching program to help brain injury survivors create a positive mindset routine during recovery! If you are a brain injury survivor and want help with your recovery, just email Hell…
 
Recovery is a journey. It is not an event with a defined end-point. The road can be hella hard! Fortunately, there is help out there! Lea Damata joins us in this episode to talk with us about her experience with post concussive symptoms. She shines a light on all the different types of therapy that have helped her. Riding on this twisting path is f…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: In this episode Joe and our producer and guest co-host Felice enter the mysterious world of aliens and UFOs. They talk about the upcoming Marvel movie The Eternals, Joe’s encounter with a UFO, and s…
 
Our brains are truly remarkable organs!! They are what make us unique! It provides the connections needed to support all our body functions, thoughts, personality, and well-being. Their complexity and highly individualized nature are what make it the most misunderstood organ. There is no medicine or one size fits all approach to treatment which mak…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: In this episode, we are joined by Brain & Spine Foundation CEO, Marc Smith and their Community and Events Fundraising Officer, Grace Patient. Brain & Spine Foundation is a UK organization that suppo…
 
If you have been listening to us for a little while you’ve probably figured out that sometimes, Mariah and Eryn just talk. Are we the smartest people in the room? Maybe if we are by ourselves (hehe)! But seriously, sometimes we just want to get real and talk about what we’re going through. In this episode we broach fear, fitness, cookies, selfishne…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: As the U.S opens up, Joe and guest co-host Felice look back to the time stuck at home and how that experience changed their brains and habits. They also share stories and tips on adjusting to vaccin…
 
Are you looking to regain movement and independence days or years after your stroke? Take a listen, this rehab approach may be for you! Our last episode introduced everyone to Motus Nova, a company that uses technology and video games to regain movement post stroke or neurologic injury. We were so fascinated by this pairing of technology and recove…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Our last episode of Stroke Awareness month features stroke survivor Hannah Clare, a speech pathologist from Alaska living and teaching in Thailand and will be moving to China to teach for the next 2 …
 
Looking for new ways to regain movement after stroke or brain injury? Does your recovery feel stalled? Are you tired of the limited amount of time and number of rehab session insurance will cover? Do you feel like the healthcare system just isn’t giving you enough to regain movement? Look no further, Motus Nova may be a solution for you! In this ep…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: With it being Mental Health Awareness Month, Joe and Lauren talk about the effects of body dysmorphia on the mind. Lauren bravely shares her own personal battles with body dysmorphia and helps raise…
 
How can we say this without shocking anyone?? We are not the only podcast looking to connect survivors together!!! Today we talked with our friend, Joe Borges, host of the podcast NeuroNerds. He suffered a hemorrhagic stroke from high blood pressure in 2016. He was feeling lonely and like no one understood him post-injury. It wasn’t until he met hi…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: As we continue to raise awareness during this Stroke Awareness Month, our host, Joe, has a very special guest for this episode - fellow stroke survivor, Michael Shutt. They continue to talk about th…
 
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