42 minutes | Feb 8th 2021

Survivor Story: Getting Unstuck with Chloe Luckett

What can survivorship look like? This week’s guest has done it all! Join Chloe Luckett, a TBI survivor, program coordinator and community educator for Brain Injury Nova Scotia, yoga instructor for Love Your Brain, and podcast host of Between Two Brains.  She found yoga to be a tremendous help in getting her out of learned helplessness and into her new post brain injury life.  Listen for inspiration on all you can do to help yourself! You can do it!Topics covered in this episodeSurvivor Story: bike vs carIt takes a week for long term memories to form--this is why you may not remember up to a week before your injuryChloe had several brain bleeds, needed surgery, and was in a comaShe needed rehab for her speech and functionHer time after leaving the hospital and rehab was when the hard stuff set inLoss of independenceIn the hospital it is easy to fall into the role of being the patient, being cared for, and not needing to make decisions for yourself.  These times of dependence can have a lasting impact on our mental health, how we think and how we act .  It can take a toll on your confidence leaving you unable to make decisions long after you actually can. (9:37)The lack of confidence gets you into a place of questioning yourself and becoming very hesitant.  It made Chloe feel unlike herselfChloe’s discovery of yoga helped her out of this place YogaYoga requires one to look into themselves and make the decision to be there; it's very mindfulYoga encourages you to do movements that are right for you; there is always the option of taking a break. You are encouraged to listen to yourself and your bodyLove Your Brain YogaKevin Pearce (founder): US snowboarder who sustained a TBI, fell in love with yoga after his injury and its healing properties for the brain6 week course, one class a week, virtual options available!!Restorative, slower, breaks down the movements into more manageable steps for people with brain injury symptoms (balance, vestibular, etc)What are survivors saying: “I didn’t think I would have ever been able to practice yoga before”Part of the program is a chat with your class after the yoga practice on a relatable topic: i.e. resilience, mindfulnessBenefits of yoga for brain injury survivors, “Why would I want to do yoga?”Breathwork reduces anxietyImprovements in sleepCommunity: connection with others who have brain injuriesHow will Love Your Brain accommodate your brain injury symptoms?They are conscious of your head staying above your heart to help prevent vertigo or dizzinessThe poses focus on keeping your gaze in one spot  Brain Injury Nova ScotiaYoga program similar to Love Your Brain- Brain Injury NS allows more types of brain conditions to be included. They have the capacity and ability to accommodate more levels of ability due to smaller classes Programming during Covid: Brain injury community check ins, “How are you doing. How can we help”Virtual programming to reach any one who wants itLive yoga that follows Covid restrictionsBetween Two Brains PodcastFocuses on any and all brain injury stories to show how many different types and experiences there areGives awareness to the injury so that it is not invisibleAttempts to reach the public as brain injuries are very common but yet have poor awareness and can be a taboo subjectEverybody knows somebody who has had a brain injury, you are not alone!Advice for those going through brain injuryStay active! Get fresh air and a daily walkEat wellBe mindful of who and what you surround yourself with: what are you feeding your brain? Not only food, but the TV you watch, the messages you hear from others around you, etc... “What goes into your brain influences what comes out” (40:14)Fuel your body for successLinks to any resources mentioned: *If you are looking for ways to support our show, use these links to buy books or products mentioned. Where is the Mango Princess by Cathy CrimmonsLove Your BrainBrain Injury NSBetween Two Brains PodcastConnect with Chloe and Brain Injury NSBrain Injury NS on FacebookBrain Injury NS on Instagram@chloluckett on InstagramHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe!Ways to subscribe to the Making Headway Podcast:Click here to subscribe via Apple PodcastsClick here to subscribe via SpotifyClick here to subscribe via RSSYou can also subscribe via Stitcher Visit the Making Headway Podcast website to learn more about Eryn and Mariah and our journey to podcasting.Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
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