What is The Brain? Shakespeare once wrote “the brain is the soul’s fragile dwelling place,” and fragile it is. The brain has the consistency of tofu, and brain injuries, strokes, or diseases often result in impairments. Our brains are made up of billions of nerve cells and fibers, networked by trillions of connections and synapses. […]
I am still on the road! I haven’t been updating the blog, but if you’ve been keeping up with the podcast, you may know that I left Texas on the second day of this month, and made my way to Colorado. While I was waiting for my flight, I got a phone call from Sharon, […]
While I was visiting UPitt to have my brain scanned with HDFT, I got a ride from a film teacher, who recorded this conversation in which she told me about her daughter’s brain injury at a young age. We spoke for a while about her struggle, as a mother, to not be overprotective and to […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mother’s Day marked the five year anniversary of my severe traumatic brain injury. Here are five important lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Relearning to talk after my brain injury was a tremendously difficult and arduous feat. What few people realize is that…
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