Making Headway

Eryn Martin

Making Headway is a podcast made for brain injury survivors by two friends who also happen to be brain injury survivors. Known as the "invisible disability", brain injuries can make survivors feel alone and isolated even though an estimated 1.5 million Americans are affected every year. You are not alone. Join hosts Eryn Martin (subarachnoid hemorrhage survivor) and Mariah Morgan (subdural hematoma survivor) on their brain injury recovery journeys as they interview medical practitioners and professionals who lend unique perspective to the recovery process as well as other survivors who share their incredible stories. Website: www.makingheadwaypodcast.com Instagram: @makingheadwaypodcast Facebook: @makingheadwaypodcast

S2 E60: The Mental Side of It All with Dr. Judy Gooch and Tyanne Crook, BrainStorm for Brain Injury
May 23 2022
S2 E60: The Mental Side of It All with Dr. Judy Gooch and Tyanne Crook, BrainStorm for Brain Injury
Our last episode of the podcast is definitely not the least! We’ve heard from so many of our listeners and have personally experienced just how much brain injuries can affect our mental health.  From overstimulation to irritability; emotionality to anxiety; impulsiveness to depression; brain injuries really change how our minds work! In this episode, BrainStorm for Brain Injury’s Dr. Judy Gooch and Tyanne Crook talk about mental health post injury and where you can go for help.  I know I was nodding right along with this one and raising my hand.  This episode really helped me feel less alone, maybe it will for you too! Links to any resources mentioned:  (BrainStorm for Brain Injury) Brain Injury Alliance:  Search online for your state’s name and ‘brain injury alliance’ (Brain Injury Association: Find your BIA) (Brainstorm for Brain Injury Facebook support group) Reach out to: (BrainStorm for Brain Injury on IG) (Brain Storm for Brain Injury on Twitter) (Brain Storm for Brain Injury on Facebook) Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  NeuMind is looking to build a platform to support brain injury survivors and caregivers through rehabilitation.  They are looking for survivors and caregivers to give feedback.  Help them help others: (neumind.co.uk/makingheadway) Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment
S2 E59: Be All the You Can Be Post Injury! Heal the Brain with Jane Connely
May 16 2022
S2 E59: Be All the You Can Be Post Injury! Heal the Brain with Jane Connely
Are you looking for community post brain injury?  Are you trying to develop and become the new you? Do you need support? Look no further than Heal the Brain.  Heal the Brain is a non profit offering active, virtual experiences that empower survivors with practical resources and social support.  Through their workshops, Heal the Brain connects brain injury survivors and their caregivers with skilled clinicians and survivor mentors.  In this episode, founder Jane Connely explains all this amazing community has to offer to help you connect, grow, develop, and live life fully post injury.  This is a resource that you won’t want to miss out on.  Listen today to learn more! Links to Resources mentioned: Heal the Brain Workshops: (  No Brainer Podcast: (  Reach out to: Visit Heal the Brain at (  We encourage everyone to sign up and be a part of their mission.  Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  NeuMind is looking to build a platform to support brain injury survivors and caregivers through rehabilitation.  They are looking for survivors and caregivers to give feedback.  Help them help others: (neumind.co.uk/makingheadway) Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook).  HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E57: Medical PTSD with Emily Parks, founder of POP! Medical PTSD
May 2 2022
S2 E57: Medical PTSD with Emily Parks, founder of POP! Medical PTSD
After your brain injury, have you felt scarred by the medical community?  Do you feel yourself pulling away from others, having intrusive thoughts, avoiding medical appointments, having increased anxiety about your health, or having trouble focusing on your appointments? You may be experiencing Medical PTSD.   In today’s episode we have Emily Parks who is a patient advocate, behavioral health specialist, and founder of POP! Medical PTSD.   POP! provides a safe space to validate your experience and learn more about what others are doing to overcome medical PTSD.  Emily is groundbreaking in developing the definition of medical PTSD and increasing awareness that people can become traumatized by going through the healthcare system or by experiencing a medical event. She gives advice on communicating with healthcare providers and getting through trauma.  Listen today to learn more about this important topic! Reach out to: POP! Medical PTSD and Emily Parks ( (POP_medicalPTSD) Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  NeuMind is looking to build a platform to support brain injury survivors and caregivers through rehabilitation.  They are looking for survivors and caregivers to give feedback.  Help them help others: (neumind.co.uk/makingheadway) Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E56: A Survivor’s Experience with CBD with Adrian Treadway
Apr 25 2022
S2 E56: A Survivor’s Experience with CBD with Adrian Treadway
At Making Headway Podcast, we love to talk with people about different tools in their recovery toolbox.  In today’s episode, we talk with TBI survivor Adrian Treadway.  She shares her experience with using CBD as a recovery aide. Adrian has found CBD assists with pain, sleep, focus, and mental clarity.  Learn tips from Adrian, the CBD connoisseur, on how she found the best CBD product for her. Links to any resources mentioned:  Book: (Weed Mom) by Danielle Simone Brand Reach out to: Adrian on IG (@howweedsave) Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  NeuMind is looking to build a platform to support brain injury survivors and caregivers through rehabilitation.  They are looking for survivors and caregivers to give feedback.  Help them help others: (neumind.co.uk/makingheadway) Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Using our Amazon links to buy products gives us a small kickback.  Thank you for your support! (Weed Mom) by Danielle Simone Brand Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook).  HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E55: Craniosacral Therapy with Amy Mercury
Apr 18 2022
S2 E55: Craniosacral Therapy with Amy Mercury
Did you think you had heard of all the different types of therapy by now? We just discovered one more– craniosacral therapy!  Craniosacral works with the body’s innate ability to self correct to homeostasis. It is a tool of consciousness helping you connect with your energy and your body’s ability to heal.   Amy Mercury’s role as a craniosacral therapist allows her to observe your body's energy state.  She helps you gain perspective on how your thoughts and beliefs impact your body.  It is a truly unique process that celebrates your wholeness.  Regain regulation and a sense of calm through craniosacral therapy! Reach out to: Contact Amy and let her know that you listened for a special treatment session rate.  She is also available to answer any questions.   (amymecury.com) Email: amy@amymercury.com Instagram: (@Transformomma.amy.mercury) Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  NeuMind is building a platform to support brain injury survivors and caregivers through rehabilitation.  They are looking for survivors and caregivers to give feedback.  Help them help others at: (neumind.co.uk/makingheadway) Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E54: Tips for Recovery with Dr. Nidhi Shah DPT
Apr 11 2022
S2 E54: Tips for Recovery with Dr. Nidhi Shah DPT
Recovering from a brain injury is a physically and emotionally trying time.  Addressing both your physical and mental health helps you get the most out of your therapy.  Dr. Nidhi Shah, physical therapist fromYour Movement Specialist knows this all too well.  In this week’s episode, Nidhi gives us tips to ground ourselves, strategies for better sleep, and teaches us about some common symptoms we may not associate with our brain injuries. Listen and learn! Links to any resources mentioned:  (Vertigo and dizziness episode) on MHP Reach out to: Dr. Nidhi Shah at email: nidhi.shah@yourmovementspecialist.com Phone: 609-726-6003 (  (@yourmovementspecialist) on Instagram Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E53: Limitless Life with Kyle Mengelkamp
Apr 4 2022
S2 E53: Limitless Life with Kyle Mengelkamp
Boom! You have a brain injury.  Life as you knew it is forever changed.  Your brain injury is a time of rebirth; a time to become something greater.  Kyle Mengelkamp of Stroke of Genius joins us in this episode to talk about our potential.  He introduces the concepts of resilience, mentorship, perseverance, vulnerability, and curiosity for all your life can be.  There is life after injury and it is limitless! Listen for more inspiration and resources to help you move forward. Links to any resources mentioned:  (Roadtrip videos) Reborn Decades Apart: attend (screenings here) (Brain Bar) Reach out to: (www.shareyourstrokeofgenius.org) (Instagram) and (Facebook) @shareyourstrokeofgenius Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: ( webinar, Say Goodbye to Persistent headaches: (www.headacheshandled.com/training)  Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Using our Amazon links to buy products gives us a small kickback.  Thank you for your support! Books by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: (Whole Brain Living) and (My Stroke of Insight ) Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E52: Headaches Handled: Fasting for Relief with Susannah Juteau, Registered Dietician
Mar 28 2022
S2 E52: Headaches Handled: Fasting for Relief with Susannah Juteau, Registered Dietician
Struggling with debilitating headaches? Have migraines taken over your life? There is hope beyond medications or elimination diets!  Fasting has the potential to decrease brain fog, increase alertness, repair neurons, improve gut health, eliminate headaches and more.  Today, Susannah Juteau MSc, CLT, RD talks with us about the benefits of therapeutic fasting for brain health and headache relief.  Susannah’s Headaches Handled program is a dietician guided, group approach to having a healthy diet that incorporates therapeutic fasting.  Listen to this episode to learn if this strategy is for you! Links to any resources mentioned:  Susannah’s (episode) on healthy eating for your brain Dr. Satchin Panda: (  Reach out to: Susannah Juteau: IG @headachenutritionist or email at info@headachenutritionist.com The Headache Nutritionist: ( webinar, Say Goodbye to Persistent headaches: (www.headacheshandled.com/training)  Next Headaches Handled Group coming in April, 2022 Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E51: Regulators! Relearning Emotions Post Injury with Elle Gargano
Mar 21 2022
S2 E51: Regulators! Relearning Emotions Post Injury with Elle Gargano
Managing emotions can stump anybody.  The ante is upped post injury since trouble regulating our emotions is a common side effect of brain injury.   Elle Gargano and Eryn talk about their struggles and lessons learned through their experiences with emotional dysregulation.  They get into it all; the anxiety, the ‘tantrums,’ trauma responses, and panic along with strategies they’ve found to be helpful in managing emotions.  This talk is an open and honest expression on what it is like living with emotional dysregulation; join us to learn and empathize. Links to any resources mentioned:  (Elle’s first episode) on Making Headway Podcast (Jennifer Freeburn’s episode) on fatigue (We Can Do Hard Things) podcast Reach out to: (Ellegargano) on Instagram (Ellegargano.com) (brave_the _label )on Instagram (bravethelabel.com) Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: ( webinar, Say Goodbye to Persistent headaches: (www.headacheshandled.com/training)  Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Using our Amazon links to buy products gives us a small kickback.  Thank you for your support! (Untamed by Glennon Doyle) Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E50: Survivor Story: Running Your Way Through Depression with Brooke Trotter
Mar 14 2022
S2 E50: Survivor Story: Running Your Way Through Depression with Brooke Trotter
Depression is so real for many of us post injury.  It robs us of feeling joy and part of life. It takes tremendous courage and strength to persevere and feel your sense of worth again.  In today’s survivor story, Brooke talks about how he was able to reinvent himself post injury all while dealing with depression.  He has used his experience to increase public safety around cautious driving all while conquering new skills like public speaking and long distance charity runs. His approach to recovery has helped others and has strengthened his mental health.  If you’re looking for some inspiration to spark your next endeavor, look no further; take a listen! Links to any resources mentioned:  (Brain Injury Bites) podcast  (Blogs by Brooke) on CFG Law along with blogs by others (Life with No Filter) podcast Reach out to: Braininjurybrooke on (Facebook) and (Instagram) Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: ( webinar, Say Goodbye to Persistent headaches: (www.headacheshandled.com/training)  Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E49: Hormones and the Brain with Michelle Rusk, MA, CCC-SLP
Mar 7 2022
S2 E49: Hormones and the Brain with Michelle Rusk, MA, CCC-SLP
Struggling to feel energized and well post brain injury?  Are you finding that you process and think differently? Michelle Rusk of Coastal Speech Therapy and Wellness addresses all of these things through providing speech therapy with a wellness coach’s touch.  Not only can she address apraxia, aphasia, cognitive and executive function issues, but her focus on holistic wellness coaching allows her to look at how hormonal changes impact your biology, social, psychological, and spiritual health.   Join us in this episode to hear more about her multi-pronged approach.  Learn about hormonal influences on your brain and how testing and lifestyle adjustments could affect you for the better.   Links to any resources mentioned:  (Episode 23: Hormonal Havoc: Imbalance after Injury with Dr. Tamara Wexler, Neuroendocrinologist) SPECT scans By Dr. Amen at (Amen clinics) (Erin Holt: Funk’tional Nutrition Podcast) Reach out to: Michelle Rusk at: Coastal Speech Therapy and Wellness. Call at 757-529-0600 (www.coastalstw.com) Instagram: (@coastalspeechtherapy) Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: ( webinar, Say Goodbye to Persistent headaches: (www.headacheshandled.com/training)  Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E48: Brain Health, Concussion Recovery, and Meditation with Heather Van Tassel
Feb 28 2022
S2 E48: Brain Health, Concussion Recovery, and Meditation with Heather Van Tassel
Are you looking for ways to increase your brain health but are unsure of where to start? In this week’s episode of Making Headway Podcast, Heather Van Tassel from Neuro Fit for Life joins us to talk about the 4 pillars of brain health and concussion recovery.   Her approach to coaching people back to wellness post injury includes mindset, nutrition, exercise, and alternative therapies. The episode ends with a guided meditation. Join us to learn more and get started on your road to better brain health.    Reach out to: Heather Van Tassel on (Instagram @neurofitforlife) On (Facebook @neurofitforlife ) Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: ( webinar, Say Goodbye to Persistent headaches: (www.headacheshandled.com/training)  Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Support us at: (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E47: Brain Injury and Relationships Series: Wise Warriors with Felice LaZae and Joe Borges
Feb 21 2022
S2 E47: Brain Injury and Relationships Series: Wise Warriors with Felice LaZae and Joe Borges
The last in our series on relationships is definitely not the least!  This week we talk with Felice LaZae and Joe Borges from the NeuroNerds podcast.  They share the wisdom they have gained that came out of the trauma.  From gaining perspective on priorities to reprogramming old ways of being that no longer work for you, Joe and Felice touch on it all.  Don’t miss out on this heartwarming conversation with 2 rock stars in the community! Links to any resources mentioned:  (You So Rock group )on facebook  NH Brain Injury Association (caregiver support group)  (Neuronerds Network) every Wednesday 6pm PST check in with everyone one how they are doing  (Neuronerds Network) every Friday 6pm PST talking about life after brain injury (Neuronerds podcast): Look for Thoma Meja part one and two to listen to the episode referenced in this show Reach out to: Joe on (IG) (@joesorocks ) (@theneuronerds on IG) and (Facebook)  Felice on (IG @felicelazae) Coaching with Joe: (YousoRock.coach) Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: (  Free webinar, Say Goodbye to Persistent headaches: (www.headacheshandled.com/training) Using our Amazon links to buy products gives us a small kickback.  Thank you for your support! (4 Hour Work Week) by Timothy Ferriss Support us at:  (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher) (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate,...
S2 E46: Brain Injury and Relationships Series: Supporting Each Other Post Stroke with Ryan and Anna Teal
Feb 14 2022
S2 E46: Brain Injury and Relationships Series: Supporting Each Other Post Stroke with Ryan and Anna Teal
The second in our series on relationships; Ryan and Anna Teal come on to share their journey. Ryan suffered a stroke that caused apraxia and aphasia.  He and Anna have worked together as a couple to establish new communication patterns and roles within their relationship. They are a shining example of how a willingness to flexibly support each other forged them into a stronger unit that moves forward together.  Their experiences led them to a new purpose, helping adults with aphasia.  This has led them to create (Aphasia Readers), a workbook for adults looking to practice reading aloud to improve their speech. Join us in this episode to learn more about their recovery path, how they are giving back, aphasia tips, and the things that keep them strong as a couple experiencing the wake post stroke.  Links to any resources mentioned:  Apps for aphasia: Otter, Tactus, Phonics, Grammerly, Google recorder> search on your app platform (Aphasiareaders.com): for fridge functional phrases and and to buy the book Reach out to: Ryan and Anna on Email: Info@aphasiareaders.com Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: (  Using our Amazon links to buy products gives us a small kickback.  Thank you for your support! (Aphasia Readers on Amazon) Support us at:  (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E45: Brain Injury and Relationships Series: Being the Light with Tymiak and Rachel Hawkins
Feb 7 2022
S2 E45: Brain Injury and Relationships Series: Being the Light with Tymiak and Rachel Hawkins
February.  The month of commercialized love aka Valentines Day.  While buying chocolates and teddy bears is a questionable way to show you love someone; it is a good reminder that we need to show support and be vocal about appreciating those who love us, especially those who have stood by us in our worst moments.   Brain injury is a unique circumstance in a relationship where roles change quickly.  Suddenly an independent partner has increased needs and the significant other becomes a caregiver.  This is a really hard time for the survivor and spouse.  This month, we talk with some amazing couples who have stuck together through the hard times.  A true in sickness and in health test.   For our first in the series, stroke survivor Tymiak and his beautiful wife Rachel Hawkins provide their perspectives on what was needed for their relationship to thrive post injury.  Join us as we listen to them converse about communication, mindfulness, honesty and the roles they play in keeping a solid relationship post brain injury.  Links to any resources mentioned:  Becoming the Light: Navigating the Darkness after Stroke by Tymiak Hawkins.  (Buy here.) Reach out to: Tymiak on IG (@twotheT2.0) Tymiak on facebook (@tymiakamirhawkins) (www.tymiakhawkins.com): free guide for survivors and caregivers.  Buy the book (here) Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: (  Using our Amazon links to buy products gives us a small kickback.  Thank you for your support! Buy Tymiak’s book on Amazon using (this link.) Support us at:  (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher)   (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! Visit the Making Headway Podcast website at www.makingheadwaypodcast.com to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/makingheadwaypodcast Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/makingheadwaypo As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying...
S2 E44: A Lesson in Swimming with Michael Shutt
Jan 31 2022
S2 E44: A Lesson in Swimming with Michael Shutt
What can we say about Michael Shutt??  His kindness and compassion shine through in this heartwarming interview.  Michael is a three-time, over-achieving stroke victim.  He used his experience to write one of the most powerful depictions of stroke and what it is like to recover from one that I have ever heard.  His one man show, A Lesson in Swimming, is a radio, soon to be live, show that you won’t want to miss.  Join us in this episode to learn more about the man behind the show. We touch on many important lessons that stroke has taught us both.  I know you will leave inspired and ready to find your community!    Links to any resources mentioned:  A Lesson in Swimming: (michaelshutt.com), (Apple podcasts), (alessoninswimming.com)  (Neuro Nerd Network )on Clubhouse Wednesdays and Fridays at 6p PST Reach out to: Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Michael Shutt on IG (@whmike) Michael on A Lesson is Swimming on IG (@alessoninswimming) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and our new tools/resources page Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  The Headache Nutritionist: (  Support us at:  (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher) (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), (Twitter), or ( Facebook). As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E43: Hope as a Basis for Recovery with Expanded Practice’s Danielle Stoller (neuro PT) and Marabeth Quin (mama bear)
Jan 24 2022
S2 E43: Hope as a Basis for Recovery with Expanded Practice’s Danielle Stoller (neuro PT) and Marabeth Quin (mama bear)
What should you look for in a good rehab therapist? How do you find a good neuro recovery clinic? This episode is a must listen for therapists and patients! Today, Marabeth and Danielle from (Expanded Practice) explain their ideals surrounding good therapy.  Positive mindset in both the patient and the therapist forms the basis of successful therapeutic relationships.  Without hope, you have nothing; it is a medical necessity.  Their practice proposes that emotions are contagious; therapists have to control their stress to avoid transferring it to their patients.  Join us to feel inspired and gain knowledge on how to get the most out of your recovery! Links to any resources mentioned:  Stroke Risk Article: (Stroke may be triggered by anger, upset, or intense exercise in the hour before.)   (Classes for therapists): 12 month program in 4 month segments (8 Simple Ways to Become a Better Therapist Today) Reach out to: Expanded Practice: (  IG: (Expanded Practice) Facebook: (Expanded Practice) Eryn on IG (@eryn_makingheadwaypodcast) MHP on IG (@makingheadwaypodcast ) Go to our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for full show notes and resources Stroke Recovery with Motus Nova: (  Support us at:  (Patreon) Donate section on (our website).  10% of profits go to our favorite non-profit of the moment HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!  We are a podcast for brain injury survivors by brain injury survivors. If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly ( leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!) Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast: (Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts) (Click here to subscribe via Spotify) (Click here to subscribe via RSS) (You can also subscribe via Stitcher) (Visit the Making Headway Podcast website) to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting. Follow us on ( Instagram), Twitter, or ( Facebook). As an Amazon Associate, Making Headway may earn from qualifying purchases via links provided.
S2 E 42: Mindset, Mindfulness, and Movement with Sara Howe, Holistic Coach and Trainer
Jan 17 2022
S2 E 42: Mindset, Mindfulness, and Movement with Sara Howe, Holistic Coach and Trainer
This. Episode.  It has hit more glitches than any other one!  Sound quality and late posting aside, this is one of our best! It’s a metaphor for how life is.  Rewarding experiences oftentimes require the most work.  It is these hard times that end up giving us the most value; as brain injury survivors we understand this all too well!   Sara Tucker Howe is an inspiration.  She has used her journey to sculpt her into a compassionate and loving human.  Our conversation is a powerful reminder that true beauty is a reflection of our inner spiritual and mental health.  This episode has elements to feed your soul!  Learn more about Sara and connect with her as one of life’s sherpas at (saratuckerhowe.com)! Get a free workout with Sara on our NEW (tools and resources page)!  In this episode: Sara’s Website and coaching business is LIVE!! (Saratuckerhowe.com) Health coaching, personal training, virtual training Clients come to Sara for mindset, learning how to care for your whole self, and personal training.   Mindset, mindfulness, and movement builds you as a healthy person on the inside which is then reflected on the outside. Go to the (new tools and resources page) on our website (www.makingheadwaypodcast.com) for a FREE lower body workout from Sara! Gender norming The roles that are expected of us Living in your emotions and learning to self soothe Filling your own cup How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath: super powerful kids book we all can learn from; link below We can’t fix others.  We can fix ourselves and then live by example On Site Workshops; Cumberland Furnace, TN, link below Living Centered Program An off the grid, inner-work retreat  Group meditation, lectures, group experiential therapy Insights Everybody has trauma and your body remembers it, from small things that happened with your peers to large life events Psychodrama- a role play experience that allows you to play your inner child and members of your family. Allows you to experience situations from multiple viewpoints Very safe environment Every human wants to be seen and heard for who they are Validating experience Human beings not human doings Trust the process It may suck but you will get there and get through it Recharging to find your peace The spider web A parallel to life While making the web, the spider falls and gets back up making beautiful imperfections within the web.  These lines strengthen the structure. The web is like life.  Our story is written a little bit (the big lines of the web).  You’re born into what you’re born into Throughout life you fall and get back up. It’s not perfect.  You get back up and keep going.  These make all the beautiful intricacies of life (like the intricacies within the web) A reminder that we make beauty out of our life events Sara’s personal training Half marathon, a challenge out of the comfort zone Continual challenges to the body yield results Stroke risk article: high intensity workouts and high stress as risk factors for stroke, get link below Adding stressful exercises to high stress lives–maybe the better challenge for you at those times is doing something soothing, walking or yoga Listening to our bodies Looking healthy isn’t the same as being healthy on the inside Mindset, mindfulness, movements Consider your morning routine and how it makes you feel Consider helpful day starters beyond your cell phone: meditation, yoga flow, inspirational reading Find Your Happy Daily Mantras by Shannon Kaiser, link below The compliments on your body don’t equal health.   Are you going to suffer internally to have a “good” body?  Where do you get your...
S2 E 41: Skills for Recovery with Eryn
Jan 10 2022
S2 E 41: Skills for Recovery with Eryn
A first ever solo episode! Join Eryn as she delves into all the skills that have helped her post brain injury.  Listen to learn more about pacing, the value of a broad support team, monopolizing on your new ‘slower’ brain, and for some awesome pod, book, and movie recommendations. You won’t want to miss this one.  It’s all that and a bag of tricks! (Just a little biased:) In this episode:  **note: this was recorded before our season opener, we WILL be releasing episodes every week starting Jan. 3, 2022 Value of rest Value of the community.  We got you! I know they had me and still do. Lessons learned in recovery: Reaching out and helping others Not here to preach to others on what to do or not to do Value of life coaching See links below for Joanne Susi Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA)–has great support group resources The pitfalls of doing what you “should“ do or some rule you need to follow …this is your ego talking.  Your mind’s voice.  The ego is based on what you have done in the past and values keeping you safe.  Left unchecked, it can keep you stuck The other voice is your spiritual self i.e. god, intuition, universe, etc..it can help you try something new The art of slowness Sitting and reflecting Brain injury may make you feel slow, the art of getting through brain injury is figuring out how to monopolize on this Rest Prioritization Suggestion: write dpwn each thing you need to do and then put it away. Take a rest. Come back to it.  Narrow down which things need to stay on the to-do list based on the due date.   What date is it actually due? Do you really need to get this done ahead of time?  Do things for when they are actually due.   Work on a piece of each thing gradually.   You don’t have to over-achieve or have things done early.  Time out how long common tasks take you.  This will help you plan so that you can avoid overbooking yourself Time blocking Try to avoid rigidity.  Leave some flexibility in your schedule In order to time block you have to know how long each thing actually takes you (on average) Once you know how long things take, were you scheduling realistically or trying to cram too much in? Do you have realistic expectations? Reflect on how you use your time The dangers of unsolicited advice and trying to force moments with other people.  What you want might not be realistic “Brain injury strength”: the opportunities found in hardship; where you see the beauty Movie: Collateral Beauty- seeing the beauty in the hard times Beauty still occurs while awfulness is happening. The world is filled with oxymorons It's ok to be human; to be imperfect.  Dichotomies exist.  We have to be flexible. It’s not black and white.  Good exists with the bad. Look for the collateral beauty.  Brain injury journey I lay out what I’ve been through.  I’m vulnerable. I’m a caterpillar that can see butterflies and wants to be one.  I’m slowly becoming one. Synopsis of my stroke experience (related to perimesencephalic subarachnoid hemorrhage)  The lows of depression lasted 10 months Mental Health Therapy and life coaching have been a must! Support system: family and friends Best hubby award goes to…Troy! Low self-esteem with depression Hyperactivity, headaches, tingling, no-energy, fatigued, and impulse control issues rear their ugly heads Unsupportive healthcare providers  Functional neurology (turned out to be a dead end, OT ended up being the most helpful) Asking supports to give me a check if I am acting out of line Resources Coaching for Leaders with Dave Stahowviack (podcast): Listen on Apple Podcasts: ( Can Do Hard Things (podcast): Listen on Apple Podcasts:...