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Recovering from a brain injury can feel very lonely, but The NeuroNerds Podcast is here to help through our love of all things nerd and pop culture! Each Tuesday, join Joe Borges and his co-host Lauren Manzano as they share stories from their personal recovery journeys. They offer tips for coping and thriving post-brain injury. Some episodes feature interviews with fellow survivors and experts. While many episodes explore varying nerd topics from comic book movies to video games that all rel ...
 
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All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe is chatting with Chris LeCastillo, program manager for surgical support at Stanford School of Medicine where he leads a team of radiologic technologists. Understanding your brain…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Joe is chatting with traumatic brain injury survivor, Kendra McGregor. Going into this episode, Joe thought it was going to be pretty nerdy since Kendra is a cosplayer, but this ended up being a supe…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Dr. Nick Housley from Motus Nova is BACK! Joe is chatting with one of his favorite doctors for another fun and informative episode with our partners at Motus Nova. Joe and Dr. Nick talk about the imp…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It’s our favorite time of the year - Shocktober or better known as Halloween. In this episode, our host Joe and our producer Felice talk about the meta experience of watching zombie and post-apocalyp…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary The NeuroNerds are hitting the road for this episode! We are proud to be partnering with TAAF - The AVM and Aneurysm Foundation and for their 17th Annual TAAFWalk in San Francisco, we recorded our fi…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary We'll be back next week with new episodes! But in the meantime check out all of the cool things we've been building. We have a new YouSoRock Community platform for brain injury survivors, caregivers,…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe plays a brainy game with his guest Théa James. They call it Brain Injury Recovery Roulette. Joe asked the brain injury community on his socials for topics to choose from that he …
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode Joe is chatting with Rachel Paverman who didn’t just survive one stroke, but 5 strokes! She also went through 3 craniotomy’s all at the age of 25. They talk about how she maintained h…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Joe is speaking at the TAAF Walk on September 18, 2022. On this episode, to celebrate this amazing event supporting aneurysm and AVM survivors, Joe is speaking with TAAF’s community engagement manage…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. SummaryWe’ve been taking a few weeks off from the podcast to build some new resources for the brain injury survivor community! We're planning free virtual events including weekly Twitter spaces; creating a n…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It’s Joe’s 6th stroke-iversary. On August 4, 2016, he suffered a major hemorrhagic stroke that changed his life forever. In this episode, Joe processes the anniversary of his stroke with his friend M…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Having a positive attitude post-brain injury is key to recovery. In this episode Joe is chatting with a Cynthia Dyke, a TBI survivor with infectious positivity. They talk about the importance of wear…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe is chatting with TBI survivor Christa Moritz. She shares her experience of sustaining a traumatic brain injury from a bicycle accident. They talk about the importance of protecti…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe is chatting with Morena Fornaciari, a stroke survivor from Brazil. Morena is all about positivity and they talk about how important it is to keep an optimistic mindset throughout…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It’s that time of year for our host Joe - the period between his birthday and stroke-iversary (the anniversary of his stroke). It’s been 6 years since he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and in this spe…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary This episode is all about creativity and brain injury recovery. Mimi Hayes is back on the show chatting with Joe about how having comedy as a creative outlet has helped her through her stroke recover…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It’s Pride Month and we are celebrating LGBTQ+ brain injury survivors. In this episode, Joe is chatting with Michael Shutt, a stroke survivor, playwright, actor and gay man from Los Angeles. Michael …
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In honor of Pride month, Joe is featuring episodes with LGBTQ+ brain injury survivors. In this first featured episode, Joe is chatting with Jamie Coyle, a stroke survivor from Rhode Island. She chats…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Joe and Lauren are tired - after having Covid in the last couple of months on top of the other stresses of life not to mention living with brain injuries, they’re both pretty exhausted. So this episo…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds SummaryIn this episode Joe is chatting with TBI survivor Desirée Ford. After surviving an almost fatal car accident, Desirée shares her new lease on life and how she’s making the most of her second chance. Jo…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerdsWe’re celebrating 200 episodes with Joe, Lauren as well as special guest and our producer, Felice! They reminisce on some of their favorite episodes and what our plans are for the future including Joe’s YouSoR…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary As we continue to spread stroke awareness for Stroke Awareness Month, we’re also spreading awareness about mental health as May is always Mental Health Awareness Month. In this episode, Joe is chatti…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary: In this episode, Joe is chatting with Hannah Davidson, a stroke survivor, mother, and business owner. They talk about her experience of recovering from stroke while balancing motherhood, supporting …
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary May is not only Stroke Awareness Month, but also Mental Health Awareness Month so in this episode, we’re chatting about the mental health impact strokes can have on survivors. Joe and our producer (a…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary This episode is a candid look at our host Joe’s experience with catching COVID after over 2 years of avoiding it. He talks about his symptoms including extended fatigue and body aches. This is his ca…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe chats with our friend and fellow stroke survivor Zavdy Ortega who just celebrated her 4-year stroke anniversary or stroke-iversary as we call it. They chat about her experience h…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Family is not always the one you were born with. In this episode, Joe goes solo talking about his perspective on family, especially post-brain injury. He dives into his own family and upbringing from…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Brain injury awareness month is wrapping up, but we’re still bringing the awareness year-round! In this episode, our host Joe is chatting with Tania Saiz about how they learned to advocate for themse…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary We’re continuing to spread awareness for Brain Injury Awareness Month in this episode by sharing various ways to support a loved one through brain injury recovery. Oftentimes, it is challenging for s…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe is exploring the first-year journey of recovery with actor, director, and stroke survivor, Misha Montana. It’s her 1-year stroke anniversary and she shares her experience thus fa…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It is Brain Injury Awareness Month so in this episode, our host Joe and our producer Felice are sharing facts about all types of brain injuries and conditions. They share the importance of non-brain …
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe and Lauren are exploring how depression shows up in different ways for brain injury survivors. Depression much like a brain injury is an invisible illness that is hard for those …
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary We’re celebrating Black history month by kicking off our first Amplify Black Voices episode of 2022! This is a series where our podcast highlights the stories of Black brain injury survivors. There i…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary What causes encephalitis and how does it affect the brain? World Encephalitis Day is February 22nd so in this episode, Joe speaks with brain injury survivor and encephalitis awareness advocate, Veron…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It's that time of year when folks are thinking, talking and showing grand gestures of love - Valentine's Day is coming. So our host, Joe is exploring a subject we haven't talked too much about on pas…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary We finally saw Spider-Man: No Way Home so Joe and Lauren are diving deep into the mental health themes laced throughout the movie. SPOILER ALERTS! They talk about villains and their dissociative epis…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, our host Joe and his partner and our producer Felice talk about a very special dog that belonged to our good friends Jon and Patricia. She was key to Joe’s mental health during his f…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. SummaryIn this episode Joe is chatting with fellow stroke survivor and podcaster, Eryn Martin. They share how they both found support in the recovery through podcasting and how their journeys to becoming sta…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds.Summary In this episode, our host Joe and co-host Lauren discuss the role of anger when dealing with trauma from the perspective of the Jedi and Sith in Star Wars. Going through any type of brain injury exper…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds.Summary We’re kicking off the year with Dina Chon from TAAF - The AVM & Aneurysm Foundation! Our host Joe is chatting with Dina about TAAF’s advocacy and support for AVM and aneurysm survivors and their plans…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds.Summary It’s our last episode of 2021 and it’s a special Joe Solo Rocks edition with our host Joe chatting solo about the past year in review and his hopes, dreams and goals for 2022. He is spreading positivi…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds.Summary This episode continues our series with our sponsor Motus Nova featuring power user Maddi Neibanck and her experience using their robotic hand for physical therapy at home. She shares her progress and …
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds.Summary In this episode, our host Joe opens up about his struggles since dealing with higher than normal overstimulation during Thanksgiving and how it’s affecting him throughout this holiday season. As a bra…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds.Summary Not all disabilities are visible. Our host Joe for instance has deficits as a result of his stroke but most wouldn’t be able to tell by just looking at him. In this episode, Joe and co-host Lauren, ta…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary It’s the week of Thanksgiving in the States so Joe and Lauren are talking all about gratitude. Having a brain injury adds another layer to the meaning of finding gratitude in everyday life. Joe and L…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary We love celebrating fellow survivors and their stories through recovery and beyond. In this episode, we’re featuring stroke survivor Tymiak Hawkins who is sharing his story in a big way with the debu…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Winter is coming which means the holidays are on the way so our host Joe is talking with his partner and our producer Felice about how they prepare for this time of year. It can be especially overwhe…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary In this episode, Joe is interviewing 2x stroke survivor, mother, and Dictionary nerd, Tania Saiz. Tania shares her perspective of recovering from a stroke while parenting. Joe and Tania talk about ho…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary Halloween is one of our favorite times of year because well, we're nerds and we love scary movies and costumes (especially those involved with our various fandoms). But this year, Halloween will also…
 
All episodes are available at https://TheNeuroNerds.com. Follow @TheNeuroNerds on Twitter/Instagram and Like us at Facebook.com/TheNeuroNerds. Summary With World Stroke Day approaching, we're chatting with stroke survivor Amanda Salgado. In this episode our host, Joe, talks with Amanda about her story which started with her training to be a physica…
 
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