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Making Headway

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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 ...
 
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Unladylike

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Unladylike

Unladylike and Stitcher

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Find out what happens when women break the rules - those unwritten but all too real bullsh*t expectations of how we should live our lives. Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin (formerly Stuff Mom Never Told You) tackle questions through their trademark obsessive research, stories from rule-breakin’ ladies and a solid dose of delightful feminist rage.
 
The Welsh are a varied and interesting people, with a unique culture steeped in numerous ancient traditions and a language that goes back over 4000 years. Not that you’d know this, based how they’re usually represented in the mainstream. The podcast is about, and called, Smart Welsh People just to show that such people do exist, and have much to offer. Neuroscientist, best selling author and Welsh person Dr Dean Burnett sits down with other Welsh people to talk about what they know, what the ...
 
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How do you solve a problem like environmental injustice? Meet two forces of nature and intergenerational allies — trailblazer Vernice Miller-Travis and Intersectional Environmentalist founder Leah Thomas — on a mission to connect the dots between environmentalism, anti-racism and feminism. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Cl…
 
What's the best way to navigate life's major money pits? Our very own financial planner Helen Ngo lends her expert advice on budgeting, spending guilt, ethical investing and more. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, wherever books and audiobooks are sold. Signed copies are available at pods…
 
You can't swing a vision board around social media without hitting influencers, life coaches, and boss babes galore selling manifesting and positive vibes as the secret to wealth and happiness. Cristen and Caroline investigate the growing business of manifesting, why it's so attractive to women, and the psychological powers—and pitfalls—of positive…
 
Why did it take 13 years for Britney Spears to speak out against her conservatorship? Tess Barker and Babs Gray share how they galvanized #FreeBritney into a disability right movement. Then, ACLU lawyer Zoe Brennan-Krohn takes us deeper into the ableist origins of guardianship, why it's so hard to get out of one, and how Britney's case could affect…
 
What do antivax memes, abortion myths and canceling Father's Day have in common? They're all lies amplified through fake online accounts impersonating Black women. Digital activist Bridget Todd sheds important light about how this kind of racist, sexist disinformation works, its offline impacts and what tech platforms have — and haven't — done to s…
 
Feeling burnt out? Journalist Anne Helen Petersen breaks down where our collective exhaustion comes from, how modern workplaces fuel it, and why "self-care" isn't the antidote. She also shares her own burnout bottoming out that inspired her book, Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Pa…
 
Cristen and Caroline advise a mom who's scared of giving her daughter body issues and a daughter who wants to help her mom become body positive. Then, it's on to a delightfully cringe new segment, Terrible Advice. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, wherever books and audiobooks are sold. S…
 
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 …
 
Why do we pretend women don't lose their hair? In the final episode of our series all about head hair, we wig out with Supriya Surender who began living more fully after alopecia areata left her fully bald. Then, hairstylist Dorin Azerad demystifies trichotillomania — her deepest, darkest secret growing up. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the…
 
What does your hair color say about you? In part two of our series all about head hair, we find out how writer Jessica Berger Gross broke up with dyeing and fell in love with her grays. Then, software engineer Jameson Hampton highlights how rainbow-bright hair helped them navigate gender identity and queerness. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing…
 
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…
 
When twin sisters Mya and Deanna Cook wore braided extensions to school, they had no idea it would start a fight for their civil rights. In part one of our series all about head hair, we untangle Black hair discrimination and the CROWN Act movement to end it. Plus, listener Tara Nelson takes us on her natural hair journey and why it was about so mu…
 
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…
 
Dear unladies, let's talk about life timing. Forever35 hosts Kate Spencer and Doree Shafrir help us answer advice questions on feeling too late to dating, too early to aging and behind schedule on baby-making. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, wherever books and audiobooks are sold. Signe…
 
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…
 
When Ashley C. Ford was growing up, money was tight, home life was unstable and a current of shame ran through it all. We talk to Ashley about unlearning that shame; reconciling her family relationships; coming into her own and sharing it all in her bestselling memoir, Somebody’s Daughter. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Cl…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Dear unladies, we've got a trio of advice q's on deck AND a dazzling guest! Comedian Negin Farsad helps us make new friends. Then, Cristen and Caroline go ham on "when are you having kids?" and "pulling the race card" racism. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, wherever books and audiobooks…
 
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…
 
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…
 
You’ve survived sexual trauma. But then what? This episode, we're breaking the silence on the ripple effects of rape and assault and exploring pathways to healing and relearning intimacy with help from Unladylike listeners and forensic psychologist Dr. Judy Ho. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is availabl…
 
Exiting abusive relationships can be extremely difficult — especially when your partner is extremely powerful. But that's what Tanya Selvaratnam did when she broke up with former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Unladylike senior producer Nora Ritchie talks to Tanya about how she got out; why she went public; and what she wants to accom…
 
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…
 
Where's the line between fostering happiness and just forcing women to smile all the time? Yale psychologist and the host of The Happiness Lab podcast, Laurie Santos, breaks down the facts and fictions of how to get happier. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, wherever books and audiobooks …
 
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…
 
Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono is a trailblazer, feminist and a political force to be reckoned with. Cristen and Caroline talk to the Senator about sexism, AAPI stereotyping, calling bullsh*t and her new memoir, Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, …
 
Have you ever heard the saying knowledge is power? When it comes to stroke, nothing is more true. Many of the risk factors for having a stroke are things you have control over--quitting smoking, a healthy diet, and exercise are just a few. In this episode, Dr. Jenna Tucker, DPT teaches us about regaining physical balance to increase mobility and re…
 
Activist Raquel Willis is on the frontlines of the trans rights movement 24/7. We follow Raquel's journey to becoming a modern-day movement leader. Plus, we dig deeper into trans inclusion in feminism, the weaponization of womanhood and the onslaught of anti-trans laws that are sweeping the US. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy a…
 
Shit happens! We don’t choose what occurs to us. We may feel victimized and out of control. We may feel scared. How do you get through it? In this episode we talk with Joanne Susi, life coach, stroke survivor, and a student of the law of attraction. We talk about how to move through fear, learn from it, and choose joy. The only control we actually …
 
Are you fatigued after using your eyes? Since your brain injury do you feel anxious in crowds or grocery stores? Are you dizzy or do you get headaches? Does reading bring on symptoms? Do you have trouble tolerating screens even when you take breaks? Is it hard to pay attention? You may need neuro-optometry! 20-30% of brain injury survivors have sym…
 
Dear unladies, it's our very first advice episode! Cristen and Caroline answer a listener who's torn about finding "The One" and swap stories about falling in love, not-so Prince Charmings and exes who definitely weren't the ones. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, wherever books and audio…
 
Have you ever wondered what the long term effects of your brain injury will be? We know that brain injury is a risk factor to developing types of dementia like Alzheimer’s. BUT not all who have brain injury get dementia. Today in our See BI segment, we are joined by The Ohio State University’s CBI researcher Olga (Niki) Kokiko Cochran to discuss TB…
 
As divas go, Mariah Carey and Céline Dion have a lot in common. But the media has treated their divadoms wildly differently, dahling. Chelsea Devantez, host of the Celebrity Book Club podcast, helps us dissect the diva construct by walking us through the wild career highs and lows of Mariah and Céline. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patr…
 
Since brain injury is invisible, survivors are often left on their own to figure out their cognitive and mental health.After injury, it can be hard to recognize what is going on, realize that this is not how your brain would normally function, and that you need help. Survivor Sara Howe joins us in this episode to share her story and her realistic p…
 
Tracing family trees can take more than DNA tests and genealogy websites, especially if your ancestors were enslaved. Acclaimed writer Morgan Jerkins tells Caroline about driving across the country to find out who she came from, how she fits into the broader history of the Great Migration and why learning about her family's ancestry changed her per…
 
C’mon, y’all know you’ve done some strange and laughable things while being brain injured. Maybe it was funny at the time, maybe it's taken years to laugh, or maybe you still can’t. Finding the humor in all the heart-(ahem, brain)-ache makes those hard days just a little easier. After Mimi Hayes suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured cavernous…
 
Self-love is easier said than done, even when you're a body positivity icon like Tess Holliday. We're going deep with the model, activist and tattoo queen about chasing her dreams, chasing off fatphobic trolls and learning what it really means to love herself. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available…
 
Cristen and Caroline are back with all-new episodes starting March 30th! Plus, the show is going to be mostly weekly from here on out. Rather than taking longer breaks between seasons, we'll be pumping out fresh episodes nearly every single week of the year. Look out for a new episode dropping next week! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy info…
 
Surprise! Our brains control our bodies! While it’s common knowledge that our brains control thoughts, movements, and perception; did you ever think about it controlling your hormones? Hormonal imbalance may sound abstract but could be behind many persistent and chronic brain injury symptoms. Fatigue, brain fog, mood changes, not feeling like yours…
 
Domestic abuse and brain injury. Don’t let this scare you off. It is a conversation we all need to take part in. 75% of domestic abuse survivors suffer TBI as a result and you know we can’t leave friends in the community hanging! Today we join How to Love a Battered Woman’s Nia Renee to discuss domestic abuse and brain injury. Strikingly, overcomin…
 
Leading up to brand-new episodes of Unladylike, we’re hitting replay on four of our top (and most timely) episodes from the archive. Today, we revisit one of our buzziest episodes from 2018. Vibrators are more popular than ever, and women founders, designers, and engineers are increasingly claiming their space in today’s booming, $15-billion sex to…
 
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