The NeuroNerds

Recovering from a stroke or brain injury can feel very lonely, but the NeuroNerds are here to help through their love of all things nerd! Each Monday, join Joe Borges and his co-host Lauren Manzano as they share stories from their personal recovery journeys; offer tips for coping and thriving; interview fellow survivors and experts; and talk about varying nerd topics from comics to superhero movie theories to video games and more. If you’re a stroke or brain injury survivor, a caregiver or family member of a survivor or just a big lover of nerd culture, this podcast is for you.

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    Captain Marvel, Celebrity Strokes & Gonna Geek

    Captain Marvel is finally here!! And we're talking all about it in this episode. SPOILERS AHEAD Our producer, Felice LaZae is sitting in with our host Joe Borges to breakdown the movie and share their reviews and reactions. They also discuss recent celebrities who have suffered strokes including the sad passing of Luke Perry. Plus they announce The NeuroNerds joining the Gonna Geek Podcast Network! What is your favorite part of the new Captain Marvel movie? Share with us on our socials!

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    It's Brain Injury Awareness Month!

    It's our second time celebrating Brain Injury Awareness on The NeuroNerds podcast and obviously it's very special to us and our brain injury survivor community. Co-hosts Joe and Lauren re-introduce themselves to our audience, give us a year in review for the podcast, their individual stroke and TBI recovery progress and talk about plans for future episodes and video content. If you are a brain injury survivor, how is your recovery journey going? Let us know on our socials!

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    Our 1-Year Anniversay + Interview with Jeanine Wright

    It’s our 1-year anniversary! And in honor of the occasion this episode features a special guest interview with SimpleCast COO, Jeanine Wright. In addition to being an executive, investor, attorney and mom, Jeanine also has a brain condition called a cavernous angioma and she shares her story with co-hosts Joe and Lauren plus of course she let’s us in on what her favorite nerdom is. The NeuroNerds podcast is actually hosted on SimpleCast’s platform so it was a real treat to record this episode at their studio! After a year of The NeuroNerds, what’s your favorite episode? Please share with us on our socials!

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    Spring Movie & TV Theories On The Brain

    Spring is bringing an explosion of nerdom on TV and movies and co-hosts Joe and Lauren have a lot of feelings, hopes and theories to talk about. In this episode, they discuss all the new Marvel movies coming out like Captain Marvel, Avengers End Game and more; the Game of Thrones final season; and more big TV and movie moments we've all been waiting for. Plus they talk about all the brain injury and PTSD references that are being featured in TV and film. Some spoiler alerts are ahead. What shows and movies are you most looking forward to? Please let us know on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

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    The Punisher, Jigsaw & TBI's

    The latest season of Netflix and Marvel's The Punisher is really putting a spotlight on TBI's through the main villain, Billy Russo aka Jigsaw's experience recovering from his brain injury. So naturally, our co-hosts Joe and Lauren are discussing this in detail along with touching on John Wick, PTSD and Joe's most recent frustrations with his memory post-stroke. What are some of your biggest challenges post brain injury? Please share with us on our socials.

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    Brain Buddy Interview with Stroke Survivors Never Quit

    It's our 50th episode! Which means we're just a few episodes away from our 1-year anniversary! In this episode Joe interviews another one of his #BrainBuddies, Jamie Coyle, creator of Stroke Survivors Never Quit. Former hockey player turned activist, Jamie suffered an adolescent stroke. She shares her recovery journey, dealing with people who don't understand her deficits and how helping other survivors is her mission. Plus her partner, Kayla joins in to give some insight on being a support system for a loved who has suffered from a stroke. If you are a family member, partner or caregiver to a stroke survivor, what are some ways you support your loved one through their recovery journey and "new normal" life post-stroke?

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    Stroke of Genius Quantum Realm Interview

    In this episode our host Joe, interviews the creators of Stroke of Genius - stroke survivor, filmmaker and producer, Kyle Mengelkamp and his creative partner Liam Alexander. They talk about recovery, dealing with bullies, their new creative venture with Arianna Huffington's new Thrive platform and their plans to share stories and build a community centered around triumph. What is your story of triumph? Share with us on our socials.

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    Nerdy Marvel Scatting

    Off the cuff and jazzy, co-hosts Joe and Lauren scat their way through this uber nerdy episode with a focus on the MCU and all things Marvel. They're talking potential Marvel spin-off shows with Loki and Bucky Barnes, the future of Netflix Marvel shows and their predictions for future films. Sort of Spoilers ahead! What are your predictions and hopes for the MCU in 2019?

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    Lauren Khaleesi, Mother of Concussions

    Co-host Lauren is our resident twerking, dragon Kahleesi, mother of concussions and in this episode she and our host Joe dive deep into her concussion recovery journey as well as her initial experience of being diagnosed with a severe concussion after a car accident. She shares the main signs of a concussion, tips on recovery and how she copes with her "new normal" post-concussion. Playing computer games was really relaxing for Lauren during her recovery. What are some tools and activities that helped our concussion survivor listeners?

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