I never knew that I’d hear couples so fiercely discuss the topic of mashed potatoes! On the podcast I have a gem for you! This candid, funny, and authentic couple shares the ups and downs of recovering after concussion. Drew and Terry Neimann are the co-hosts of the battle within podcast. They shared insights on communication and individual stories of their own struggles. Towards the end, we had some fun discussing holiday foods and a long standing argument about the best things to eat around the holidays!
Meet Meet Drew and Terry
Terry and Drew Niemann are podcast hosts who tell stories of healing from Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). The podcast focuses on the journeys of concussion survivors and their families. All of this is done in an effort to help others experiencing PCS. A Battle Within is a very intentional name. For those who do not know, people who experience a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) often have a war waging internally to find themselves again- all while trying to recover.
Things we discussed:
Communication! Drew and Terry both state that it was essential to communicate “like hell”. They both talk about continuing to show up for each other and find out what each of them needed.
Be open to possibility. You have to get used to it until it becomes routine. There are seasons, it doesn’t have to be terrible forever. You have to work at the relationship in recovery. Things will be different. Many good things can come on the other side of the difficult days.
There’s not just you going through this…Your family members are also going through this process. Let them in and let them understand. Show some grace, and don’t belittle other people’s pain. “It’s not a competition” Allow your partner to take space for themselves to recover. “You have to love enough to let go and at the same time be there (for your partner)”--Terry
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Have you ever struggled with how to take the best break after your brain injury? This week on the podcast, I dig into some of the best ways that we can rest and restore. I find that it is often very tempting to look at our phones instead of a restorative break. After all, it’s right in our pockets! There is a better way my friends :) Pandemic Changes to Breaks ...
Bonus, a re-air from Hope After Head Injury! Have you wanted to learn about other therapies for concussion or acquired brain injury? This week on the podcast I talk about EMDR and we have a re-air of a podcast from Cristabelle Braden’s podcast, Hope After Head Injury. I link the original episode on her podcast here: https://hopeafterheadinjury.com/hopesurvives/ I thought you would get a ton of value from listening to her questions. You can also hear me talking about EMDR here on a therapy focused podcast: https://thingsyoulearnintherapy.buzzsprout.com/ All the trauma things last week! Finally, I co-authored a blog…I will get it up on my site when I get some help with that! Until then, check it out on Veronique's blog: https://www.weirdwonderfulbrain.com/post/emdr-processing-trauma I also provide this therapy in my clinical practice in the state of Maine. Spend a week (or a couple days) with me in beautiful Freeport, Maine and heal from the trauma of your injury. www.newlifeofmaine.com. ...
Some notes about the program...I will be back in a week or two with a solo series on brain injury emotions :) ...