Episode 17! Melanie is a survivor and advocate that did not give up when she couldn’t find answers. She didn’t have doctors to let her know what she was experiencing so she took matters into her own hands. She started fighting to find answers which led her to develop a course about concussion from a survivor perspective.
Melanie Wienhoven sustained a concussion in 2012. She didn't recover within the "normal timeframe" that doctors communicated with her. Her concussion turned into post-concussion syndrome and doctors didn't know what to tell her but to rest even more. After a few years, she was told that her brain injury was beyond repair. Unable and unwilling to accept that reality, she then turned her passive attitude into one of active recovery. She studied cutting-edge science, patients' cases and leading scholars and she experimented on herself for years. 6 years after injury (in 2018), she made a complete recovery from post-concussion syndrome - even though she was told that there was no hope. Now, she shares all that she learned through Lifeyana, so that others 1) don't feel so alone and 2) can cure their concussions much faster (because it didn't have to take that long)
Things we discussed:
Don’t wait and see. Melanie says she waited too long with very difficult symptoms when she could have been progressing in her recovery.
Recovery is possible! She discusses the research of Dr. McCrea who told her recently that recovery is 100% possible. (maybe a future podcast guest!)
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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. ...
Have you been called “lazy” after your brain injury? My guest today talks about how people responded to her invisible injury. She discusses that her brain injury event occurred after an incident of domestic violence. She discusses that there were many mental health issues intertwined in her recovery and it was further complicated by it coming from a domestic violence incident. She discussed how memorizing her lines helped her in her recovery journey. Something that I discuss all the time! Mac Lawson sustained a traumatic brain injury in March of 2018 as a result of domestic violence. Her symptoms are mostly alleviated, minus some that are more long term. She pivoted after a brain injury to become a stand up comedian and her brain injury led her into comedy. Spreading awareness about TBIs is one of her life’s missions. Tips for Recovery Tip #1: Brain injury was financially difficult. She found that she did things on her own with her self-care. She found that limiting her light exposure was helpful. She discussed many things through trial and error! Tip #2 Try to remove people from your life that are invalidating. She discussed that she needed people around her that validated her experience. Tip #3 She tried to be as normal as she could. She said “yes” to things that she knew would aggravate her symptoms. We talked about the push-pull of being social and pushing yourself after a concussion vs. being social and living a “normal life”. More from MacLawson @bigmaclawson More from Jen www.tbitherapist.com Just 2 spots left for coaching this summer! www.tbitherapist.com/workwithme @tbitherapist ...
Episode#12! Today we talk about all things speech therapy, mindfulness, and yoga. Katherine Noyes, SLP, CBIS is a licensed speech pathologist and brain injury specialist. She talks a little bit about what speech therapy looks like with someone who has a brain injury. She focuses on functional goals, that fit your life. She also believes in a holistic approach through wellness and mindfulness. Meet Katherine: Katherine Noyes, co-owner of Lotus Speech & Wellness, LLC, is a licensed speech-language pathologist, certified brain injury specialist, and registered yoga teacher. She has worked as an SLP for over 10 years in both inpatient and outpatient medical settings, as well as in the public schools. She specializes in helping adults with neurological impairments improve communication, cognition, and mind-body wellness through her speech therapy and yoga offerings. Things we discussed: Functional goals for brain injury are important. We talked about attention, memory, and executive functioning. We had a great discussion for metaphors for executive functioning like a CEO or a conductor. Katherine discussed the role of yoga and mindfulness in her own life and how she shares that in her practice. We talked about love your brain yoga, a great organization bringing yoga to folks after a brain injury. https://www.loveyourbrain.com/ Takeaways Takeaway #1 Katherine says let's not reinvent the wheel! She finds that taking strategies from your life now is important to have something that may work for you post-injury. Takeaway #2 Be your own advocate. Brain injuries can be complex ...