Re-Injuries, Flare-Ups, and Combatting Fear (Episode 9)

The journey of living with brain injury comes with ups and downs. Today, you will hear from two guests:


- Survivor Perspective: Ali Rheaume has been living with a TBI for 5 years, and just sustained a re-injury concussion a few months ago. She shares some of her journey and tips for dealing with re-injuries, along with encouragement on how to combat fear.

- Professional Perspective: Natasha Wilch is here to share some of the medical reasons that survivors might fa ll or hit their heads more often, advice for how to prevent re-injuries, the difference between a new injury and a flare-up, and more.


Setbacks might happen, but we can get through them. I hope this episode provides some encouragement and hope that healing is possible. You are not alone! Xo, Cristabelle




GUIDE: 0:00 INTRO | 0:36 Cristabelle | 7:07 Ali | 22:32 Natasha

MEET OUR GUESTS:

- Ali Rheaume is an encouraging light in the journey of overcoming brain injury. She writes microblogs to help spread hope, provide new perspectives, and apply her gift of teaching to educate and advocate. Ali is an ambassador for Concussion Compass and an involved member of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. She is passionate about people and bringing community together. Ali also started the brand "embracing unique" to share her art, while reminding individuals to honor who they are and what they b ring to world. Ali is also an inspirational speaker who has been featured on a webinar with HeadsUpCAN, a presentation with the BIA, and shared her story on Declaration Life podcast.

IG: @alison.rheaume | Art IG: @embracingunique

- Natasha Wilch is a Registered Physical Therapist based in Western Canada whom had dedicated her career to working with individuals with concussion. Her passion in learning has led her to training in vestibular rehab, acupuncture, clinical neuroscience and more. She is the owner of Symphony Rehabilitation and Co-Founder of Concussion Compass. Always looking for ways to better serve her clients, she was one of the first clincians in Canada to offer virtual care. Natasha has won the Canada Entrepreneur of the year award in 2017, Vancouver Island’s top 20 under 40 business & community achievement award in 2018 and this year she won the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award for Physical Therapy. symphony-rehab.com Concussion Compass: concussioncompass.com

CONNECT: Website | https://hopeafterheadinjury.com Facebook Support Group | https://facebook.com/groups/hopeafterheadinjury

Every Tuesday at 7pm Eastern, Cristabelle hosts a live virtual brain injury encouragement chat at Facebook.com/hopeafterheadinjury - would love to invite you to join!

Instagram | @hopeafterheadinjury Cristabelle’s IG | @cristabellebraden ABOUT CRISTABELLE: Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, podcast host, brain injury survivor & advocate. www.cristabellebraden.com




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