The Encephalitis Podcast
Author Catherine Jessop

Author Catherine Jessop

August 13, 2021

Author Catherine Jessop joins Dr Ava Easton to talk about her brilliant new book Pulling Through: Help for Families Navigating Life-Changing Illness.

On Boxing Day 2016, Catherine's husband, Alan, had his first devastating seizure as a result of encephalitis, thrusting the Jessop family into an unknown world.

In her book, Catherine shares advice and inspiration on everything she has learned, with chapters clarifying medical terms and explaining tests and scans as well as explaining some of the financial and legal issues around illness.

Catherine also focuses on the emotional side of having a relative with a brain injury and how it affects the whole family, sharing her own thoughts on how to look after the mental health of both patient and carer and the power of nature, humour, music and optimism.

This is an excellent chat about an excellent book - enjoy! Pulling Through: Help for Families Navigating Life-Changing illness by Catherine Jessop is available from https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pulling-Through-Families-Navigating-Life-Changing/dp/1787753727

If you have been affected by encephalitis and are in need of some support, please visit https://www.encephalitis.info/support

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An interview with Rebecca Adlington

An interview with Rebecca Adlington

July 22, 2021

Rebecca Adlington, the four-time Olympic medallist and Ambassador of the Encephalitis Society, joins Dr Ava Easton for our latest episode of the Encephalitis Podcast.

Motherhood, Pandemics and the Olympics delves into Rebecca's outstanding swimming career, the new addition to her family and what life was like for her during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

She also talks about the Tokyo Olympics and what Team GM swimmers we should be looking out for!

If you have been affected by encephalitis and are in need of some support, please visit https://www.encephalitis.info/support

If you have been affected by encephalitis and would like to become a member of the society, you can sign up here (membership is free and global): https://www.encephalitis.info/Pages/Category/membership

If you would like to donate to help fund research, information and support for those affected by encephalitis, please follow this link: https://www.encephalitis.info/donate/donate/10

 

Fatigue and encephalitis

Fatigue and encephalitis

July 16, 2021

This edition of the Encephalitis Podcast looks at fatigue which is one of the more common outcomes for people who are recovering from encephalitis and other neurological illnesses or trauma which cause injury to the brain.

Dr Ava Easton, our Chief Executive, talks to Donna Malley, an an Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist at the Oliver Zangwill Centre.

If you have been affected by encephalitis and are in need of some support, please visit https://www.encephalitis.info/support

If you have been affected by encephalitis and would like to become a member of the society, you can sign up here (membership is free and global): https://www.encephalitis.info/Pages/Category/membership

If you would like to donate to help fund research, information and support for those affected by encephalitis, please follow this link: https://www.encephalitis.info/donate/donate/10

For more information about the Oliver Zangwill Centre, visit https://www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/what-we-do/all-other-services/oliver-zangwill-centre-(ozc)/ 

 

Functional Neurological Disorder and encephalitis

Functional Neurological Disorder and encephalitis

June 25, 2021

Dr Ava Easton talks to Professor Jon Stone and Dr Tim Nicholson about Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).

Professor Stone is Professor of Neurology at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr Nicholson, is Honorary Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), Kings College London.

We cover everything from presentations of FND, encephalitis and FND, advice for someone who believes they have the condition, advice for medical professionals, and overcoming stigma associated with FND and much more.

We hope you enjoy this informative discussion with Tim and Jon!

If you have been affected by encephalitis and are in need of some support, please visit https://www.encephalitis.info/support

If you have been affected by encephalitis and would like to become a member of the society, you can sign up here (membership is free and global): https://www.encephalitis.info/Pages/Category/membership

If you would like to donate to help fund research, information and support for those affected by encephalitis, please follow this link: https://www.encephalitis.info/donate/donate/10

 

An interview with director Mike Day

An interview with director Mike Day

June 18, 2021

In this edition of the Encephalitis Podcast, Dr Ava Easton is joined by director and cinematographer Mike Day.

In 2011, as he was finishing his first film, The Guga Hunters of Ness, Mike became ill with encephalitis. He lost the ability to walk and was even told that he would not be able to work again.

However, during his recovery, Mike threw himself into his next film, The Islands and the Whales, a true labour of love which was filmed over five years in the Faroe Islands.

This is a great interview with Mike which touches on his illness and recovery, his work as a documentary film maker and what lies in store for him in the coming year.

Lockdowns, Art, Cooking and Sin! - with Mathew Bose

Lockdowns, Art, Cooking and Sin! - with Mathew Bose

May 21, 2021

Our latest podcast - Lockdowns, Art, Cooking and Sin! - features our amazing Ambassador Mathew Bose.

Mathew is an actor, an artist, nutritionist, life coach and an excellent cook! He has also been an Ambassador with the Encephalitis Society for around 14 years – his arrival and support was one of the catalysts for us really beginning to kick on as a global organisation. As always, our podcast is hosted by Dr Ava Easton, our Chief Executive.

We enjoyed this podcast - and we hope you do too!  

To Olivia - An interview with the filmmakers

To Olivia - An interview with the filmmakers

February 17, 2021

In this edition of the Encephalitis Podcast, Dr Ava Easton is joined by director John Hay and producer Donall McCusker whose latest production is the new Sky Original film, To Olivia, starring Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes.

Synopsis: It’s 1962 and burgeoning children's author Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal, a glamourous Hollywood movie star, have retreated to the English countryside to bring up their expanding young family. Tragically, their lives are turned upside down by the devastating death of their daughter Olivia from measles encephalitis and as the couple struggle through the unimaginable loss, their shared grief becomes a source of redemption and strength which changes their lives forever.

Covid-19 vaccines and encephalitis

Covid-19 vaccines and encephalitis

January 29, 2021

Professor Tom Solomon and Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive of the Encephalitis Society, answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccinations and encephalitis. 

Professor Solomon is Chair of Neurology and Director of the National Institute for Health Research's Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections.

Recorded 28th January, 2021.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and encephalitis, please visit https://www.encephalitis.info/covid-19-vaccination-statement

Living and working India during COVID-19

Living and working India during COVID-19

November 26, 2020

Title: Living and working in India during COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on black and ethnic minority communities.

In our latest podcast, Dr Ava Easton chats to Dr Bhagteshwar Singh, Clinical Research Fellow, Institute of Infection, Veterinary & Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool.

Covid-19 and ‘Long Covid’

Covid-19 and ‘Long Covid’

August 17, 2020

Dr Jake Suett, an intensive care doctor, became ill with symptoms of COVID-19 early on in the pandemic.

He talks to Dr Ava Easton about his illness and the lasting effects of the infection that he is experiencing today, a term which has become known as 'Long Covid'.

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