Resilience - through Stroke & Brain Abscess - Don't Count Me Out! (Episode 15)

Resilience: we can come back stronger than we ever realized through brain injury!

Today, Cristabelle hosts a delightful conversation with survivors Brad Neufeld and Jo Ann Glim. They share their stories, what resilience means, and encouragement to listeners to never give up.

Jo Ann and Brad are the hosts of Don’t Count Me Out: A weekly program that offers stroke survivors tools, tips, interviews and hope. (Cristabelle's interview on their show airs this week on 2/18!)


- Brad Neufeld is the Founder and CEO of the Resilience Talk Network and Co-Host of the “Don’t Count Me Out” Podcast, a podcast for Stroke Survivors. Brad has more than 30 years of experience working in the mental health industry as a mentor. Back in December of 2008, Brad was diagnosed with a Brain Abscess and has experienced a total of 7 TIA’s, which are transient ischemic attacks or “Mini Strokes”. His passion is assisting others with overcoming the challenges of life.

- Jo Ann Glim is an author, podcaster, motivational speaker, and stoke survivor. Jo Ann Glim was born in Chicago, Illinois to a military family and raised in Anacortes, Washington in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest. It was an ideal place to raise a precocious child, especially one that’s inquisitive and daring. Tragically, her mother passed away from a stroke when Glim was fourteen. This was the beginning of a life-path plotted with many dark events. In her own words, “Instead of consuming me, they made me stronger, and I’m here to tell you, darkness can be replaced with light.” Glim’s three-pronged career of broadcast and print media, freelance writing, and business management formed her into the indie author she is today. Her 5-Star books, the award-winning “Begotten With Love,” and her newest release “Trapped Within,” are both non-fiction, life-stories filled with challenges, hope, and humor. Glim now lives in Florida with her husband Bill and their Scottish terrier, Lucy. Her passions are writing, photography, travel, handbells, and hiking. A paralyzing stroke nearly twenty-four years ago left her most of all, grateful for life itself!

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Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope.

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