The DBS Journey | Part One of Two: Your Brain Controls Everything and We Can Control Your Brain

View descriptionShare
Published Dec 8, 2021, 8:00 AM

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. 

Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here;


Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford 

Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod


Instagram: @parkinsonspod


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)

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada.

Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign

Thanks also to our content and promotional partners

The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford

Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  

PD Avengers –  We are building a global alliance to end Parkinson’s. Join us.

World Parkinson Congress 2023 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2023 in Barcelona, Spain.


Dila Velazquez – Story Producer

Greg Schott – Sound Design

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp
  • Email
  • Download

In 1 playlist(s)

  1. When Life Gives You Parkinson's

    102 clip(s)

When Life Gives You Parkinson's

When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is an honest, funny, and engaging podcast chronicling host Larry Gif 
Social links
Follow podcast
Recent clips
Browse 106 clip(s)