Episode 45 – Isaac Cornell

Episode 45 – Isaac Cornell Isaac’s story is unique. Isaac was an alcoholic, and one night he suffered from congestive heart failure which led to an anoxic insult to his central nervous system. Essentially, he died for a bit in his sleep. In this conversation we discuss the lessons he learned from this time, and […]

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Episode 46 – Jessica Patrone

Jessica is super fun to talk to. She got did not get into an accident, nor did she have a congenital mishap (hydrocephalus or AV malformation). She instead got sick, and the infection got into her central nervous system. This caught me off guard, as I did not know this going into the conversation. What […]

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Episode 44 – Jason

Jason is a homie with a great spirit! He was raised in LA next to Dodgers Stadium (as you will hear in the story), and to this day bleeds Dodger blue. He was super fun to talk and a laid back, chill dude much like I try to be. I hope you enjoy our conversation, […]

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Episode 42 – Maddy West

On January of 2017 was in a car accident on her way to work in McMinnville, OR. After being life-flighted to the local hospital, she was flown to Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, OR.  She was comatose for one week, and contracted double pneumonia twice in her 6 months in ICU. We talk […]

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Episode 43 – Jeff Sebell

Jeff has a story very similar to my own. He was in a car accident in the middle of college, and actually seemed to get back to school quite rapidly. He was also in a coma for several weeks, part of this time including a partial coma in which he appeared awake but was functionally […]

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Mucho se demandará de él

I remember my first month in a TBI support group at Oregon State and hearing the incredible stories of my peers. They talked about the symptoms they had, and the daily struggle of TBI. Each had unique and trying stories that forced me to reflect on my own situation. As far as I could tell, […]

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Sisu

Keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t talk about how hard things are. Just keep going. Life is hard. Brain injuries are challenging.  As one of my favorite comedians Pete Holmes says, life is mostly suffering with brief breaks where we get together and talk about it. The least we can do is minimize the crap we […]

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Episode 41 – Dami Calhoun

In March of 2016, Dami drove her car into the trailer of a semi truck in Albany, OR at 78mph. You read that right, 78mph. The craziest part is she only broke two bones and one of them was her left ring finger. She was comatose for 2 weeks, and went through months of rehab. Her story is great and addresses the social, physical, and mental ramifications of such an accident.

Her story starts at 8:24

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