Show notes for Episode 34
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Summary This episode is all about post-stroke and neuro-fatigue. Co-hosts Joe Borges and Lauren Manzano discuss their experiences with this condition and how they manage and cope with it. They give tips from seeing a therapist, seeking a community even if it is long distance and the importance of being patient with yourself and your progress throughout recovery. Plus, Oct 15th (the day of this podcast release) is the 3-year anniversary of Lauren’s concussion so we are celebrating her recovery and how far she has come!
Topics Discussed in this Episode
Post-stroke fatigue and neuro-fatigue
Lauren reads the definition of neuro-fatigue
Joe talks about his struggles with neuro-fatigue and post-stroke fatigue
Your brain can bounce back more easily without injury, but with a brain injury, it takes longer.
Joe thought he was over neuro-fatigue, but it has been coming back lately
Everyone is different in their brain injury recovery. Some end up recovering faster and slower. Don’t compare yourself to other survivors.
Community is important to not feel alone
Patience is important during recovery
The goal of recovery is not to go back to where you were before your brain injury. You have to find your new normal.
Survivors are like Pokemon, we’re always evolving during recovery.
Joe talks about his goal of being a better version of himself everyday. Lauren helps him alleviate the pressure of that goal. Joe realizes that he’s going to make his goal have less pressure and instead attempt to be better each day and it’s ok if he doesn’t always make it.
3-year anniversary of Lauren’s concussion brain injury is on Oct 15th
Lauren has trouble remembering words because of her brain injury.
Therapy helped Lauren stop minimizing her brain injury
Accepting your new normal is a big part of the recovery process. It allows you to heal.
Joe and Lauren encourage survivors to see a therapist.
Your community may be not be local. Search online.
Recovery isn’t a straight line.
Links to Topics Mentioned
Oddish - https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Oddish_(Pok%C3%A9mon)
Gloom - https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Gloom_(Pok%C3%A9mon)
Vileplume - https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Vileplume_(Pok%C3%A9mon)
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Co-hosted by Joe Borges and Lauren Manzano
Produced by Joe Borges and Felice LaZae
Edited by Felice LaZae, http://felicelazae.com, @felicelazae on Twitter/Instagram
Theme song produced by Sleep Deez, @sleepvision on Instagram, @sleepdeez on Twitter
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