The NeuroNerds
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At 39 years old, Joe Borges suffered a stroke in 2016 which, interestingly enough, changed his life for the better. He ended up gaining a new lease on life and now he is on a mission to live it to the fullest. Inspired to share his experience with other stroke and brain injury survivors along with anyone else who will listen, he created 'The NeuroNerds' podcast. He along with his co-host, Lauren Manzano, who is also a brain injury survivor, talk recovery, offer tips for coping and thriving.

Plus they're both big nerds and fans of all things comics, movies and pop culture which is always an underlying theme in every episode. Laugh, learn, cry, be uplifted and inspired by Joe, Lauren and the various guests featured on 'The NeuroNerds'.

Big Thank You To Our Patreon Supporters:
Julie Lujano
Sarah Conaway
Rickey Lumpkin
Zeke Willard
Naomi Amaha-Gollnick
Brian Paterson
Sarah Heering
Bernadette Gomez
Thomas Mejia
Caleb
Leah Cotham

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    The NeuroNerds: Episode 46 - Brain Foods with Chef Jamie Gwen and Chef Ally Live From Live On Green

    Join our host Joe Borges for our very first live episode of The NeuroNerds interviewing celebrity Chef Jamie Gwen and Chef Ally at the festival Live On Green in Pasadena leading up to the Rose Parade. Joe hosted their Culinary Cues stage all three days of the festival from December 29th-31st this year and was given the opportunity to record and film a live episode with the chefs. They talk about Joe's recovery and how eating healthy makes a big impact in the recovery of all stroke and brain injury survivors. Both chefs offer tips and tricks to make healthy food yummy and serve up some delicious brain healthy recipes. They also offer tips to incorporate healthy foods into your daily routine. What are some of your favorite healthy foods?

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    The NeuroNerds: Episode 45 - JoeSoloRocks The New Year

    It's New Years and our host Joe is doing a special solo episode reflecting on all the things he is grateful for in this past year. Plus he shares his goals and plans for 2019! What are your goals for 2019?

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    The NeuroNerds: Episode 44 - 'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

    It’s Christmas Eve and The NeuroNerds are going full holiday in this episode! Co-hosts Joe and Lauren talk about Christmas, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice and other winter celebrations from around the world. Plus they talk about their plans for NeuroNerds YouTube videos in 2019 and setting goals for the new year. What are you plans for the holidays and goals for the New Year? Happy Holidays from The NeuroNerds!

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    The NeuroNerds: Ep 43 - Beating The Holiday Blues

    Co-hosts Joe and Lauren offer tips and techniques for coping with the stresses, depression, anxiety and overstimulation often caused by the holidays. The holidays can be tough for anyone not to mention someone with a brain injury so they give a unique perspective to enjoy this happy time of year to the fullest and of course sprinkle in some holiday nerdom. What are some ways you cope with the holidays?

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    The NeuroNerds: Episode 42 - Avengers Endgame Predictions

    The new ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer just released a few days ago and co-hosts Joe and Lauren have lots of feelings about it so of course this episode is all about it! Joe and Lauren dive deep into their predictions and theories for the upcoming movie. What do you think the endgame is going to be for the Avengers!? Warning: Spoiler Alert!

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    The NeuroNerds: Ep 41 - AVM Survivor Thomas Mejia Part 2

    This is Part 2 of last week's episode with host Joe Borges interviewing AVM survivor, Thomas Mejia. Thomas is also our December Patreon Donation spotlight supporting his 4th craniotomy surgery and recovery. This is our first month donating a portion of the proceeds from our Patreon supporters to causes and individual survivors like Thomas. Every month we will be featuring a different donation spotlight and we're happy to kick this off with Thomas! So take a listen as Joe and Thomas continue this final half of their interview exploring and reflecting on Thomas’ journey as he prepares for what will hopefully be his last craniotomy surgery this December.

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    The NeuroNerds: Ep 40 - AVM Survivor Thomas Mejia Part 1

    It’s our 40th episode! So of course this is an extra special episode. It’s host Joe Borges’ first interview with a fellow brain injury survivor in-person! But it’s really less of an interview and more of a candid talk between two brain injury survivors. This episode’s interviewee is AVM survivor Thomas Mejia. Thomas is also our December Patreon Donation spotlight supporting his 4th craniotomy surgery and recovery. This is our first month donating a portion of the proceeds from our Patreon supporters to causes and individual survivors like Thomas. Every month we will be featuring a different donation spotlight and we’re very excited to kick off this new initiative with Thomas! So take a listen as Joe and Thomas explore and reflect on Thomas’ journey as he prepares for what will hopefully be his last craniotomy surgery this December.

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    The NeuroNerds: Episode 39 - Excelsior! Stan Lee Tribute

    This episode is a tribute to the late, great, king of the nerds - Stan Lee. Co-host Lauren is out due to her recent pup, Destiny passing away (we love you Destiny!) so host, Joe reflects on Stan Lee and all of his achievements with guest (and NN producer/girlfriend) Felice LaZae. Together they walk down memory lane and discuss all of the amazing Marvel characters and stories, Stan created. Plus Felice serenades us with an acapella rendition of Spider-Man theme song; they talk about the future of the MCU; character and story predictions; how Stan’s characters are an inspiration to stroke and brain injury survivors on the hero’s journey and oh yeah, SPOILER ALERTS ahead! What’s your favorite Stan Lee memory, character or story?

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    The NeuroNerds: Episode 38 - Don't Compare Yourself To Other Turtles

    Lauren explains the symbolism behind the turtle carrying the world on its back which gets to the heart of this episode where Joe talks about the pressure and guilt he puts on himself when he compares his recovery journey to others. Lauren reminds him that ultimately comparison is the thief of happiness. Our hosts examine better ways to reframe and have compassion for others while still feeling good about their recovery process at the same time.

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    The NeuroNerds: Episode 37 - Changes

    Co-hosts Joe and Lauren discuss change in this episode. They mainly focus on change post brain injury, during recovery including its challenges, how it affects relationships and how it can help prevent future health issues. They discuss their own personal experiences with making health and lifestyle changes post brain injury and compare the differences between recovering from a traumatic brain injury like Lauren’s concussion and an acquired brain injury like Joe’s stroke. What are some changes you have made post brain injury or after a similar life changing experience?

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