Episode 50 – Kahyra Ramirez

Kahyra has had several TBI. In fact, she has had five concussions. In fact, all 5 have been while playing soccer. Some of the concussions are from getting pegged by the ball, and one involved a collision while going up for a header. In one instance, she temporarily lost all vision in one eye, potentially […]

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Episode 49 – Marlana Harrison

Marlana is an incredible girl who is excellent at articulating what it is like to face a TBI and power through the recovery process. She crashed her car in Branson, MO three weeks into her senior year of high school while driving buzzed. We talk about how much our own decisions impact the lives of […]

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Episode 48 – Jim Scott

Episode 48 – Jim Scott Jim is a northeastern dude through and through. If his accent doesn’t give it away, his sense of humor will. In 2006, the night before the 4th of July, Jim decided to do some drinking with some friends and then drive home. Unfortunately, on his ride home, he crashed his […]

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Episode 47 – Rik Lemoncello

Rik is a local Language and Speech Pathologist with a professorship at Pacific University. In addition to teaching, treating TBI survivors, and maintaining a social life, he also runs a bakery! What?! A bakery? Yes, pretty unique. A few years back he won an award at Pacific landing him a substantial amount of funds, which […]

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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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