After posting about my experience in Pittsburg with HDFT, an optometrist who I met at the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) conference, reached out to me about a little-known therapy called the Sensory Learning Program. The Sensory Learning Program is a simultaneous multi-sensory training that stimulates the vestibular, visual, and auditory system. The scientific data surrounding this therapy is […]
About Cavin Balaster
In 2011, I fell two stories, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, and was comatose for 12 days. I was diagnosed with a diffuse axonal injury -- Approximately 90% of people with this type of injury never regain consciousness. After relearning to eat, walk, and talk, I began a journey to spread awareness about health and recovery.
The best news I heard surrounding my own brain injury recovery was found in the pages of Norman Doidge’s book: The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. Much of our means of changing the brain is discovered and practiced with amazing technologies. Some of these technologies include GPS, cell […]
Michelle and I interview Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, a functional neurologist certified through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board who works with patients locally and internationally.
Well I’m back from Pittsburgh and what a trip it was! I had my brain scanned with Magnetoencephalography (MEG), had a whole battery of neuropsych evaluations, a sleep study monitoring, and I underwent an entire workup for physical, vestibular (balance), and visual health as it relates to the brain (which it all does). A treatment […]
I announce that Michelle Malmberg (my guest on the last podcast) is our new co-host on the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast! And, for our first episode together, we take the opportunity to interview Tim Page, a professor in both the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Thornton School of Music at the University […]
Hey everyone! So I have some really cool news! On Halloween, I am going to have my brain scanned with an unbelievable imaging technology called High Definition Fiber Tracking. This will be done at the University of Pittsburgh in Dr. Walter Schneider’s laboratory! Many kinds of brain injuries (including concussions) can sever the axons, or […]
Well, it’s my birthday today, and I couldn’t be more grateful because, on Tuesdays Episode of Dr. Lo Radio, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Lauren Noel. Believe me when I say that this was seriously a dream come true as Lauren made a huge difference in my recovery. She was my introduction […]
Michelle Malmberg tells the first part of her amazing, inspiring, and resilient acquired brain injury story on the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast with Cavin Balaster.
Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to co-host the Up Your Volume Podcast with Nicki Bove. Her mom and co-host, my good friend V (AKA Paleo Boss Lady) Capaldi, is too busy taking it to the streets and preparing for her TEDx talk, and I am very honored to be a backup for this and probably one more […]
So I broke my clavicle last month. How? Was I juggling fire on a unicycle while practicing acro yoga? I might as well have been. The bottom line is that I was trying to challenge my abilities with the goal of further rehabilitating, but I was doing so in a dangerous way. You see, I […]
Cavin will share his insights into important factors that aided his recovery & how it feels 5 years later after suffering his injury.
Cavin and Alek sit down to reflect on the five year anniversary of Cavin’s severe traumatic brain injury and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
Cavin’s brain injury journey is astounding. His experiences and accomplishments since returning from the brink of death are incredible!
Dr. Leonard PressPress Vision
Cavin takes you on a captivating journey of challenging experiences that leads to an amazingly successful recovery. Cavin is a remarkable person who conveys a remarkable message in each of his talented motivational speeches.
Chip Howe, M.A.Mary lee Foundation
Cavin is wonderfully articulate and takes you through his long rehabilitation journey which involves expert medical care, intense family support, and several ingenious therapy procedures.
Susan R. Barry, Ph.DFixing My Gaze
I’ve never heard a more superb and comprehensive combination of humor, courage, and integration of knowledge on how a patient with traumatic brain injury has put his life back together.
Dr. Curtis R. BaxstromNeuro-optometric Rehabilitation Association