“My story is a miraculous recovery because I beat every expectation for what was going to happen. We believe we can share some of these guides to help others have a miraculous recovery from what they’re going through. Because, as I say, a lot of my luck was created. You can create your own luck if you take the steps to build it, and climb an alternative peak.”Jamie Crane-Mauzy—better known as Jamie MoCrazy, a name she’ll explain early in this week’s show—has lived most of her life on the slopes. She started skiing at age 1, and by 18, had gone pro as a slopestyle and halfpipe skier.
Everything changed in 2015, when she crashed at the World Tour Finals and sustained a traumatic brain injury. Her condition was so severe the medical team had even written her fatality report.
She survived—and after a 10-day coma, embarked on an extensive, years-long recovery process. Of course, re-learning to walk, talk, and interact socially were difficult. But one of the biggest emotional struggles, Jamie says, came when she realized she would no longer be competing as a pro athlete.
Coming to terms with that major life shift involved the support of a loving family, professional mental-health treatment, and finding a greater purpose—educating and motivating others, including survivors of traumatic brain injury and their caregivers, through the MoCrazy Strong organization. It’s a different kind of mountain to climb, Jamie says, but one that’s ultimately incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.
**Please note that this episode contains descriptions of trauma that some people may find unsettling. If you want to avoid this content, skip from 6:30 to 19:30.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Where the name Jamie MoCrazy comes from (5:17)
- Who she is—including the details of the accident that changed her life (6:39)
- How injury is viewed in skiing, especially freeskiing (9:45)
- What it was like to hear about the accident from her family’s perspective (14:22)
- More of the details of her extended rehab—including the incredible support and involvement of her family (19:29)
- The critical role caregivers can play, and why the whole MoCrazy family is passionate about reaching out to them (26:29)
- When she realized she wouldn’t be competing again, and how she came to terms with that, including the importance of mental-health support (30:36)
- More about the emotional component of her recovery, including the role of MoCrazy Strong (36:53)
- How she’s continuing to learn about the brain, and putting that knowledge into practice (47:04)
- The ways in which telling her own story has affected her (49:48)
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- The MoCrazy Strong website and Instagram
- Their video series for caregivers with the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah
- Her podcast, Life Gets MoCrazy (including the episode with Roy Tuscany of The High Fives Foundation)
- Our episodes with Roy Tuscany and his partner, Alana Nichols
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