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  • 02:35

    Let the Holidays Begin ... Balancing the Added Stresses and Desired Joys ...

    in Self Help

    When we're kids, the holidays usually represent joy and wonder, excitement and extra activity. Not for all, but for many of us. For other less fortunate kids, the desire for those emotions is there.

    As an adult survivor of brain injury and the caregivers, while the wish we could still feel that way, the truth is, the tightrope can be very thin. Sometimes as hard we try, the positive emotions can give way to overwhelming, stressful, and depressive feelings. How can we achieve a balance, or can we?  How do we makea tricky situation more tolerable and happy for everyone? 

    Special guests with a special request will be stopping by. Wendy "Yaya", her daughter Melissa and her two sons Dillon (12) and Tyler (10). They both have a terminal illness. With surgeries and proper medical care they can be expected to live into their 20s.  After they were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and are the 2015 NE MDA Ambassadors. Their house burned down in CO. They returned to Omaha and are now both confined to wheelchairs. In the brutal climate of the midwest, a critical need has come up and we hope you can help. See www.gofundme.com/whafuw48 Or if you prefer Wells Fargo Omaha has an account set up called DillonTylerVan, which you can send a donation to. Check with your own Wells Fargo about getting the deposit made to Account number 5089869753.

    After hearing my guests, I think you'll find Thanks and Giving easier to achieve, and hopefully help in the spirit of Thanksgiving.



  • 02:05


    in Current Events

    John Gamble

    I joined the Army in 97 after graduating college. I spent four years at Ft. Hood, deploying to Bosnia in 98. I ets'd in 2001 and joined the Indiana national guard. Six months later my unit activated stateside. After two years of that, my ex got orders to Ft. Wainwright so re-enlisted back to the active duty side. I had just re-enlisted to reclass when I ended up having surgery on my achillies and was med boarded out. I currently work in a powerplant.

    Daniel Kraemer, is a 15 year US Air Force veteran. He has participated in multiple operations including Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as numerous humanitarian missions around the world. During his last deployment in October of 2013 Daniel was injured with a Traumatic Brain Injury which lead to his discharge due to medical injuries. With a TBI, PTSD, anxiety and other PTSD symptoms Daniel felt as if he had nothing once his military career was cut short. With only idle time on his hands Daniel started to drift and let his demons control his every move. It wasn't until almost a year later in late fall 2014 Daniel checked himself into a VA PTSD treatment facility for help. It was there, an old boxing trainer who worked as the facility's recreation director showed Daniel that he was still a warrior, and just because he wasn't at war there was still a battle that needed to be fought. It was through a renewed love of boxing that Daniel found his road to recovery and dealing with his day to day demons. With keeping with that warrior mentality and vigorous strength and conditioning along with intense fight training Daniel has come along way from his dark days of only a few years ago. His goal is to help as many of his fellow combat veterans as possible through fitness and mixed martial arts.

  • 00:30

    My Brain Changed. Now What?

    in Motivation

    Anxiety!!!! BLAH!!! Do you panic about having another Aneurysm or AVM? We have had those thoughts and experiences. Let's talk about it. Anxiety happens when the holidays come around or if you have to return to work or just trying to get back to daily living. Join us!

  • 01:36

    WTF? (Where's The Focus?) w/Kevin Phillips - THINKSgiving 2015

    in Motivation

    Thanksgiving is just aroung the corner, a time where family members come together and celebrate togetherness. But when you have a Brain Injury and or PTSD, times like this can be often overwhelming. Background noise and or activities can (and does) create anxiety and duress. We can become closed off, selcuded as our brains attempt to process everything that is occuring. So how do we handle this? Join us tonight as Kevin & Maggie share some great tips to help improve not  only your Holidays but EVERY Day by THINKing instead of 'feeling'!

  • 01:12

    Brain Injury Communication w/ Host Michael Idell-Beating a Positive Drum in Life

    in Education

    Please join us to learn a positive approach to a better life with co-host and special guest Executive Vice President National Seizure Disorders Foundation, David Paul. 

    We are talking about beating a drum for a positive change in life and concentrating on stress relievers.  People need to ask themselves "What does not work in my my life and how do I change it?" Too many people concentrate on what's wrong instead of what needs to make them better.

    The concentration should be "I need to focus on a better life to get there."



    Please check out our resources and our non-profit websites to become members, see our support services we offer and get involved in team work in the community.



  • 02:01

    America Akbar with Gadi Adelman & Dee the Crimson Warrior

    in Politics Conservative

    Tonight we welcome a guest that hits home with the 'America Akbar' family. As many of our regular listners know, we are huge supporters of the Military, especially those that suffer from wounds, both seen and unseen. PTSD and TBI are often the topic. Well, Tyler Skluzacek created a new app that will help post-traumatic stress disorder patients quell night terrors. Tyler's father, Army Sgt. First Class Patrick Skluzacek spent a year in Iraq when his son was in middle school. He came back with PTSD and night terrors. Tyler had an inspiration borne of love for his Dad, and now he is sharing that inspiration that will help thousands!

    Another week where 2 hours will undoubtedly not be long enough to fit it all in! 

    Gadi and Dee will be bringing their unique point of view to the headlines on the world of national security and islam, keeping you way ahead of everyone else. 

    We'll have another full show for you as there is so much to discuss from the news this week. To join in the conversation in the chat room and or on the show join us here or call in at 347-857-1380 

    Gadi Adelman is a writer, educator, and lecturer on counter-terrorism and Islam. Using a twist on the screams of Jihadists, he's named his show 'America Akbar!', America is Greater! 

    Join us each Thursday night 8-10pm eastern and listen live as Gadi has high profile guests from the world of counter-jihadism. If it concerns National security or the spread of Islamism you'll hear all about it on America Akbar! Past shows and much more can be found at Gadi's site.

  • 03:00

    Holistic Healing Strategies for Brain Injury on Recovery Now with Kim Justus

    in Health

    Dr. Karen Kan is a holistic physician and acupuncturist specializing in energy & spiritual medicine, and is the author of the #1 Bestselling book, Guide to Healing Chronic Pain - A Holistic Approach. We will discuss strategies she recommends for people overcoming brain injuries who have symptoms of: disturbed sleep, brain fog, poor memory, fatigue and problems focusing. Remote brain balncing LIVE ..You bet!

    Dr. Karen will discuss how to improve your home environment, nutrition, and balance your energy in order to optimize your natural healing abilities.  She'll also talk about the concept of Brain Balancing and how to "test" to see whether your brain and nervous system is in "healing mode" or "stress mode" and what to do if it needs correcting.  For more information about Dr. Karen watch the New Frontiers in Energy Medicine video at www.KarenKan.com.  Sign up to receive a free excerpt of her bestselling book and access to five of her Fast Track Your Healing online classes absolutely free. For a copy of Dr. Karen's Advanced Brain Balancing Protocol, go to www.PatchTrainingTeam.com

    This show is a gathering place for anyone seeking recovery from the challenges of life on life's terms. We discuss useful tools that have helped us lighten the load, of our journey through recovery. This is a "we" recovery program, because it is in the "we," that we find the new "me." We focus on the four A's of Recovery: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adaptation. This is a place for survivor's striving to become thrivers.

    Front portion of show is a featured guest. The second part of the show is Open Mic and some great Indy Music, sure to inspire! Host is Kim Justus, author of In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond found at www.inaflash.org & "Like" at www.facebook.com/inaflash.org and www.facebook.com/braininjuryradionetwork

  • 02:12

    Dream Catchers - Awakening the Giant! - Les Paul Morgan

    in Culture

    It’s often said that people use only about 10% of their brain in their life time. My question is what did I or did I not do in my life span to use the reaming 90%? When it come to a brain injury or any other related disability I often wonder if we even have a clue how to un lock our full potential all the mean time struggling through the trauma, memory loss and chronic pain just trying to recover to be the very best person that you or I could ever be!

    Can I tell you all something? There is promise and hope of a future once you take a chance and dare to Dream Big! That’s were Dream Catchers comes into play. Basically we all disability or not have to choices in life and that’s either to take a chance at life even if it sometimes leads to failure first but never giving up at the belief that there is a greater hope at a chance of a better you now and tomorrow and to letting go of all the pain and mistakes we have ever made because they are only dust in the wind!

    The title of my show is all about discovery of a whole new you and breaking down the barrios the have stooped us all from living a more powerful, successful, and more meaningful life one life at a time here on Dream Catchers with Les Paul on the Brain Injury Survivors Network. I hope to help you all tap into 100& of you


    Awakening the Giant

    Understand yourself (The new you) after disability

    I feel lonely and left out of conversations

    My Family & Friends don’t relate to me and are drifting away

    Why so many ups or downs

    My life is a merry-go-round/or a roller-coaster ride   

    No one around gets me is that me or them

    Challenge yourself in every way possible to do better

    How to make Friends and have new begging’s

    My cup runneth hover it’s not empty!!!

  • 01:08

    Military Monday with John Gresham, Donna Lyons, Michael Dunker and David Lawson

    in Film

    The explosive growth in the population of veterans being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTDS) is becoming a genuine epidemic, as the condition is slowly becoming better understood and appreciated for its power and consequences. This is become especially prevalent in the 9/11 generation of warriors, as they are dealt with enemies and weapons which maximize the end affects that cause PTSD. Combined with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD is causing an explosion of consequences among our veterans population, ranging from unemployment and divorce, to a completely unacceptable rate of suicide and homelessness. One key problem is the lack of public awareness and understanding about PTSD, and the need to expose a broader audience within America to what needs to be done for our returning veterans. One such way are feature films, which have a broad public audience, though rarely focus on PTSD itself. And this is our subject today…

    To learn more about PTSD and efforts to create feature films about it, tune into this week's edition of Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) at 1 PM EST. Author, historian, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and host John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) along with author/commentator Donna Lyons- McClellan (@Donnalyons), will be hosting David Lawson (@warathome) and Michael Dunker (@dunkwins) to talk about their effort to fund and produce their PTSD oriented film, WAR AT HOME. If you are interested in supporting their efforts, or just curious about what is involved in getting a feature film made, tune in for what will be a lively and intriguing hour.

  • 02:57

    The Matt Duffin Show - Welcome Back TBI'er

    in Radio

    The places I've seen with fresh,, alive eyes do to Brain Injury Survival over the past week, will be discussed.  No production, just me and my BICS "Bible' and expressions of twin-tbi-traveling partner (neither gay, thank you) Branden Stackhouse.  I haven't unpacked much yet, I'll find notes, pictures, and Amy Sue Root's strength as a fellow BI Survivor (and more, much more health complications).


     Pikes Peak, we came, I fell, they conquered.  I was close enough, Noah Root and Branden secured the advancing party to the top -  I danced on your ass though, my TBI still has Peak's too.  I did have to aquire Amy Sue's personal Nursing Assistance - Sue Root.  Borrowed and bought some Medical Marijuana Salve - legally, to sooth the pain.  Coach Renforth woulda been proud of my 20-foot diving tackle on Ol' Mighty Oak - stopped the damned thing in its track.  OUCH, sure.  Shattered shoulder took aa hammering, Sue and the Miracle Salve recovered me.  Oh, that and a long series of bandages.  Then I leagally smoked a joint 3-days later.  Talk about Rocky Mountain High.  Plus, God didn't allow me heaven's gate just yet - just reminded me how exciting life still is with work to be done.  I love my society and its caring ways.


     God had to smack me in the head pretty hard to get my attention.  As the challenging doors are opened by Angles, I see how it works.  (424)  243-9540, call me tonight.  I'm on the fly with a fist full of thoughts from being out West..  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...


    Jim "Gomer Pyle' Nabors, hit it, Sir - "Back home again, in Indiana......"

  • 01:21

    Another Fork in the Road: Caregiver/Survivor, Sandra Williams and a Drunk Driver

    in Education

    The loss of independence is what Sandra Williams misses most since her brain injury. She misses running and having energy to do all the things she wants to do. The biggest tip Sandra can offer other survivors is "Don't listen to negative comments or even employers that tell you you can't do the job. Listen to your heart, your soul and fight for yourself and others. It will keep you going." Sandra will talk about what keeps her going on "Another Fork in the Road." Please Tune In!

    Every TBI survivor and caregiver has encountered a fork in the road that has diverted his or her life-plan. A car accident, a fall from the roof, doing one more chin-up, or a door literally slamming one in the face are just some causes of traumatic brain injury. College plans, walking down the aisle in the perfect dress, or the coveted job quickly slip from reality as dreams turn to struggle. These unexpected life-happenings that divert one from his or her chosen path in life can be devastating. But as Yogi Berra once said, "If you come to a fork in the road, take it." Life is all about choices!

    To learn more about me, please visit my blogs.

    Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Blog: survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com

    Donna's Blog: donnaodonnellfigurski.wordpress.com

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