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Between Two Brains

The podcast by survivors, for survivors, about survivors. We take a candid and fearless dive into brain injury and the world of invisible disability. Brain injury is the #1 killer and disabler of people under 40. A brain injury can change everything in an instant. Forever. Largely invisible, isolated and stigmatized, this community is also where the most incredible comeback stories of resilience, recovery and reinvention live. Between Two Brains sheds light on this community’s silent determination to survive with compassion (and a little irreverence). Our hosts live it every day. They get it - they get you - and they get real about life with a broken brain. Let’s talk about life beyond brain injury, celebrate neurodiversity and make the invisible visible together.

Tracks

015: Meaghan and Marie Wright
Meaghan and Marie Wright are queer twin sisters and co-founders of Mirror Image Media, a full-service video production company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They are award winning filmmakers who use documentaries and commercials as a vehicle to create social and environmental impact. Visit LoveYourBrain.com for more info! Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
33:28 7/7/22
014: Dr. Nikole MacLellan
Dr. Nikole MacLellan (aka Dr Kokes) is a Naturopathic Doctor, Dietitian, and Certified Sports Nutritionist. She has a passion for human performance and sports medicine. Dr. Kokes believes our bodies are capable of the most amazing things, we just have to recover appropriately. Visit LoveYourBrain.com for more info! Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
34:40 7/5/22
013: Jillian Pfennig
Jillian Pfennig is a freelance writer, artist, and photographer. Follow along with Jillian’s adventures on Instagram @jillianpfennig. Visit LoveYourBrain.com for more info! Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
31:18 5/18/22
012: Abby Goodwin
Abby is an ex-beach bum who has fully embraced life on land in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury since she was 26 years old, Abby has taken her passion for wellness and transformed it into a comprehensive skillset around healing brain injury and supporting cognitive wellness through nutrition. When she’s not whipping up plant based magic in the kitchen, she enjoys performing improv, practicing restorative yoga and wearing funky hats. Visit LoveYourBrain.com for more info!   Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
37:44 3/14/22
011: Geena Luckett
Originally from Nova Scotia, where I completed my Bachelor of Management at Dalhousie, spent some time working my way around another industry and finally found my passion in the family business as part owner of Luckett Vineyards. For the last 10 years you could find me slinging wine here and abroad. If I’m not at the winery or an event for the business, you can most likely find me taking my dogs for a walk, watching shark week, or planning my next trip! Visit LoveYourBrain.com for more info!   Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
42:24 8/12/21
010: Hanna Daltrop
Currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hanna has had a few bumps to the head and a long road of recovering from brain injuries. She is a trained Planner working as a Housing and Infrastructure Policy Analyst at the Atlantic Policy Congress, and spends her free time at the beach in any weather or with her nose in a book. Visit LoveYourBrain.com for more info!   Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
42:22 6/18/21
009: Jackie Farrell
Jackie Farrell, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, RYT-200 is an occupational therapist, LoveYourBrain yoga teacher, and certified brain injury, specialist. Jackie works for LoveYourBrain to manage their Clinical Affiliate Program, where LYB partners with select rehabilitation facilities to integrate yoga into their continuum of care. She also facilitates the LYB Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training and Training for Health Professionals, facilitates the LYB Mindset Online Program, and teaches the LYB Yoga Program in Boston, MA. Visit LoveYourBrain.com for more info!   Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
42:56 4/28/21
008: Meaghan Cahill
Meaghan Cahill is a Licensed Health and Nutrition Counselor, owner of Cahill Wellness and founder of the Mind Body Food System. Meaghan received her education and training through The Institute of Holistic Nutrition, in Vancouver, BC, as well as thorough Nutraphoria School of Holistic Nutrition. She is also a member, in good standing, with the Health Coach Alliance. Meaghan’s focus in her practice is to redefine health beyond the number on a scale, helping women make peace with food, body image and weight, by taking an intuitive eating/health at every size approach to nutrition and lifestyle. Her passion for this work comes from her own struggles with food and her body image, and it was her experience of becoming a mother, to a beautiful little girl, that she knew she didn’t want to perpetuate the diet culture narrative that has proven to be so damaging for so many. It is with great pleasure that Meaghan is partnering with Brain Injury Nova Scotia to bring a nutrition and lifestyle program to their clients that focuses on taking the stress and overwhelm out of re-establishing healthy habits after a life altering event such as traumatic brain injury.   Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
38:42 4/6/21
007: Melanie Dunlop
Melanie Dunlop is originally from Nova Scotia, now a speciality nurse practitioner, specializing in brain injury. She works out of the rehab in Halifax Nova Scotia, as well as several other platforms which allow her to cater more towards individual’s needs. She has been working in her field for seven years and has an experienced and insightful view as we talk about what brain injury looks like, and how it has evolved with medicine over the last decade. In addition, her experience in the field lends to her ability to touch on what practices can be helpful for recovery, and how to manage the everyday of living with a brain injury. Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
39:34 2/19/21
006: Mariah Morgan
On the morning of November 13, 2018, I looked both ways before crossing the street as I entered a pedestrian crosswalk on my two-block walk to work. My memory gets dodgy from here but my brain still holds a few snippets: a quarter of the way across the street I watched the fender of an SUV hit my knee, I slammed onto its hood, and then my head quickly hit the pavement. Hard. I was rushed to the hospital, put in a medically-induced coma, and, when I came to in the ICU at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, was told my 34-year-old body was not how I last remembered it. I’ll spare you the details of the insane list of diagnoses I was given- some knee, neck, and brain-related- but the most important one to know about is that I had an acute subdural hematoma. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, and a business owner. It has taken a long time to even begin to process the accident (and may take my whole life) but, looking at my life and how close I was to slipping away lends serious perspective. During the months after my accident, I struggled with feelings of loneliness and depression and did not realize at the time that they were direct results of my brain injury. If I can help others feel less alone during their recovery journey, I feel that some good will have come from the trauma that changed my life.   Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
32:32 2/2/21
005: Lauren Spear
Lauren Spear worked as a special education teacher in South Australia, when she was involved in a work place accident in 2018, whilst helping one of her struggling students off a piece of playground equipment. For the last 2 and a half years she has been living with and working hard in her rehabilitation and recovery from a brain injury, supporting and advocating for the wider concussion and brain injury community along the way. In 2019, she decided to begin her personal blog and organization called The Orange Butterfly, reminding all to embrace new life and challenges with hope, and dedicating herself to closing the often misunderstood gap between the brain injury community and the wider community by spreading education and awareness. Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
27:00 1/26/21
004: Elizabeth Peirce
Elizabeth Peirce is a Halifax-based writer, editor, and teacher. Her 2019 book Lost and Found: Recovering Your Spirit After a Concussion is based in her own experience and that of other mTBI survivors, and shares strategies for self-healing from this difficult injury. Find links to her books, workshops, and blog at https://elizabethpeirce.ca Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
37:35 9/16/20
003: Sarah Blanchard
On January 10th 2017, on a business trip in Italy, Sarah Blanchard experienced acute onset nausea and vertigo. After three hours, she was so debilitated that it became a struggle to even call for help. Sarah’s life was changed when at 29 she was diagnosed with a Stroke. Since then, she is a passionate advocate for younger survivors, creating programs and raising awareness for women’s heart and brain health Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
37:09 8/18/20
002: Covid & Concussions with Emergency Doctor, Jen McVey
In today's conversation, we talk with Halifax NS based emergency physician Dr. Jen McVey about the confluence between Covid-19, returning to work after battling with a complicated recovery from 4 concussions. and lessons we can take from brain injury recovery and those living with brain injuries to help us through these uncertain times. About Today's Guest Dr. Jen McVey is an emergency physician based in Halifax NS, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, who also works alongside the Halifax Mooseheads hockey team in sports medicine amongst other amazing things.  Jen’s story lends an unique perspective to these challenging times – returning to work after sustaining her 4th concussion since 2013 has coloured her experience with patients in the emergency room and changed her life in ways that had the side benefit of preparing her for work and life during our Coivd-19 crisis.    Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
27:16 6/23/20
001: Welcome to our podcast
The podcast by survivors, for survivors about survivors. Our hosts take a candid and fearless dive into brain injury and the world of invisible disability. Brain injury is the #1 killer and disabler of people under 40. A brain injury can change everything in an instant. Forever. Largely invisible, isolated and stigmatized, this community is also where the most incredible comeback stories of resilience, recovery and reinvention live. We shed light on this community’s silent determination to survive with compassion (and a little irreverence). Let’s talk about life beyond brain injury, celebrate neurodiversity and make the invisible visible together.  Chloe Luckett In 2016 Chloe Luckett sustained a traumatic brain injury in Halifax while cycling. She was hit by a car and taken to the hospital where they identified that she had broken her neck in two places and sustained brain bleeds. After spending the next two months in the hospital and rehab, she moved home with her family, and that’s when the real hard work began. Over the last 4 years Chloe has navigated and experienced what it means to live with a brain injury and has a new appreciation for what matters most in life. It has taught her the importance of community and family, knowing when to ask for help and that it’s always ok, and how to be proactive when it comes to caring for yourself. Although traumatic, she is grateful for the experience at times as it has given her a new path and outlook on life. With the new perspective she’s gained, she has found a sense of purpose working with and for the brain injury community and feels grateful sharing other’s experiences and doing anything she can to foster further recovery. As Chloe puts it, “I have truly gotten to experience the sense of ‘community’, as I saw how the city of Halifax came together to support me and help me expand my dream of working within this sphere. I’ve seen so much growth just since being involved over the last few years, and I look forward to continue sharing the experiences and seeing the recovery that happens within these people!" Follow us on Social Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
04:43 6/23/20