Episode 16! I’m very excited to introduce you to Cristabelle Braden, a fantastic advocate and champion of hope after brain injury. She was completely vulnerable regarding her journey through difficult relationships, symptoms of brain injury, and mental health struggles. She even sang for us with her inspiring new song. It’s a must listen!
Cristabelle Braden is an award-winning singer/songwriter, speaker, writer, podcast host, and advocate for brain injury. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music during the recovery process. Whether speaking or singing, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes. She is devoted to bringing support and education through weekly episodes of “Hope Survives® | Brain Injury Podcast” and her online support community Hope After Head Injury.
Things we discussed:
Cristabelle’s song says “with a little hope”, she talks about finding the small spark or desire for change. Find something that lifts your spirit when you have a hard time. Definitely don’t sit in the dark. Put on something that will encourage you! For Cristabelle it’s her faith, friends, and reaching out to others.
Recovery takes time, Cristabelle started her page 10 years ago. We can’t compare our start to someone else’s ending or success.
You are not alone! She sends her virtual hug. :)
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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. ...
An introduction to the TBI Therapist podcast. A podcast for survivors of of concussion and acquired brain injury. You'll hear a bit about me in this episode, Dr. Jen Blanchette a brain injury clinician and trauma expert. We talk about the focus of the show which will focus on mental health, wellness, stories, and professional insights to heal from a brain injury. To learn more about the podcast and show notes, visit tbitherapist.com ...
Today on the podcast, we talk about acceptance. Carole talks about leading a good life and embracing her difficulties. She talks about the value of support and focusing on what she can do vs. what she can’t do. Meet Carole: Before her brain injury, Carole Starr was self-employed as a corporate trainer. She was also a classical violinist and singer. In 1999, Carole was broadsided on the driver’s side by a vehicle going 50 mph, resulting in a brain injury. Carole was unable to return to work or music and still lives with daily brain injury symptoms. One small step at a time, she’s reinvented herself. Carole is now a national keynote speaker, the author of the award-winning book To Root & To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury and the founder/facilitator of Brain Injury Voices, a nationally recognized survivor volunteer group. Things we discussed: Early in her recovery things that helped were focusing on what she could do even if that was paint by number for 10 minutes. Acknowledging that brain injuries suck! And then moving on after that. Triggers are normal. Work on strategies when the triggers happen like Carole’s rebirth day! One routine that Carol does is put her rest times in her schedule. She doesn’t fill up that time with other things. There are signs when you are doing too many things, Carol knows when she is unable to cook meals. Takeaway #1 Find something that you are good at! Find something that you can ...