About Today’s Show
In today’s episode, hosts Trevor Barras & Chloe Luckett talk with Sarah Blanchard. On January 10th 2017, on a business trip in Italy, Sarah experienced acute onset nausea and vertigo. After three hours, she was so debilitated that it became a struggle to even call for help. Sarah’s life was changed when at 29 she was diagnosed with a Stroke.
Since then, she is a passionate advocate for younger survivors, creating programs and raising awareness for women’s heart and brain health
Community By Accident – a note from Trevor
After bonding and sharing our lived experiences with other survivors in a LoveYourBrain Yoga series, I looked around and realized that I would have never met this group of people if it hadn’t been for my accident. This was my community by accident. Community By Accident is a program and movement inspired by survivors, for survivors and supported by Brain Injury NS. I’m sure many of you can agree, that recovery, even with a mild brain injury can be a long and extremely isolating road while you are trying to find out about the new you and how to live with this invisible disability which is not easily understood by those around you.
One of the last hurdles for many survivors is to break though that wall of isolation and get back out there. Community by Accident is where we can do this, together. The CBA movement aims to provide a series of survivor-led supportive, social events at different activity levels meant to get us off that couch and back out there so we can move beyond brain injury together through a safety-in-numbers approach and the camaraderie that comes with lived experiences. Hope to see you at our next event.
The CT Scan
Our regular check-in with our Community By Accident out there is an ongoing podcast feature called the CT SCAN! This episode’s CT SCAN is: What do you wish you had been aware of about brain injury before your injury?
We know brain injury can be a very heavy subject – we as survivors have to make light of what we can, when we can or else things can feel that much harder. Have you had any experiences or a story about living with a brain injury that you can laugh at?
You are part of our Community By Accident – we want to hear your thoughts and stories. Maybe you know a survivor who who is moving beyond their brain injury and has a story to tell.
Send your ideas and CT SCAN responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org