The DBS Journey | Part One of Two: Your Brain Controls Everything and We Can Control Your Brain
Larry & Rebecca Gifford dive deep in to deep brain stimulation (DBS). We challenge the Neuroscience perception that the brain is everything we know and do, and everything we are. We believe, more than just a brain that makes us human, empathetic, and real.
This first part prepares you for the surgery. We call it DBS 101. We will explain terminology detail the lead up to the surgery, and tell you why it matters where the lead wires are placed in your brain. We explore our personal hesitations surrounding DBS. And we revisit friends of the podcast, Heather Kennedy and Becca Miller, both of whom are recovering from recent DBS surgeries.
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Thank you to the following people and organizations featured in this episode:
Heather Kennedy, PwP, WPC2023 Ambassador a.k.a. Kathleen Kiddo
Becca Miller, PhD, PwP, Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Council, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University.
Michael S. Okun, MD University of Florida
Kelly D. Foote, MD University of Florida
Ted X Talk about DBS from Michael Okun, MD and Kelly Foote, MD (2012)
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