About Today’s Show
Welcome to Beyond Brain Injury – the podcast by survivors, for survivors about survivors.
Our hosts, Chloe Luckett and Trevor Barras, take a candid and fearless dive into brain injury and the world of invisible disability. Brain injury is the #1 killer and disabler of people under 40. A brain injury can change everything in an instant. Forever.
Largely invisible, isolated and stigmatized, this community is also where the most incredible comeback stories of resilience, recovery and reinvention live. Beyond Brain Injury sheds light on this community’s silent determination to survive with compassion (and a little irreverence).
Our hosts live it every day. They get it – they get you – and they get real about life with a broken brain. Let’s talk about life beyond brain injury, celebrate neurodiversity and make the invisible visible together.
Meet Your Hosts: Trevor Barras & Chloe Luckett
In 2016 Chloe Luckett sustained a traumatic brain injury in Halifax while cycling. She was hit by a car and taken to the hospital where they identified that she had broken her neck in two places and sustained brain bleeds. After spending the next two months in the hospital and rehab, she moved home with her family, and that’s when the real hard work began.
Over the last 4 years Chloe has navigated and experienced what it means to live with a brain injury and has a new appreciation for what matters most in life. It has taught her the importance of community and family, knowing when to ask for help and that it’s always ok, and how to be proactive when it comes to caring for yourself.
Although traumatic, she is grateful for the experience at times as it has given her a new path and outlook on life. With the new perspective she’s gained, she has found a sense of purpose working with and for the brain injury community and feels grateful sharing other’s experiences and doing anything she can to foster further recovery. As Chloe puts it, “I have truly gotten to experience the sense of ‘community’, as I saw how the city of Halifax came together to support me and help me expand my dream of working within this sphere. I’ve seen so much growth just since being involved over the last few years, and I look forward to continue sharing the experiences and seeing the recovery that happens within these people!’
Trevor Barras is a 6-year Brain Injury Survivor as a result of a workplace accident in 2014. Currently he sits on the board or directors for Brain Injury Nova scotia. From a life of travel and adventure, to a life of self advocacy and self healing. He started Community by Accident to get other like-minded survivors to begin new adventures in moving beyond brain injury.
Trevor believes “We are all as unique as a snowflake, and every brain injury is as unique as the person.”
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