Two times, Dancing on Ice star Alex Murphy was 24 years old when she had a stroke that left her unable to walk, talk and pursue her passion as a professional ice-skater. Alex has lived experience that our supporters identify with. She helps SameYou champion the cause and spread awareness for the need for change in rehabilitation care after a brain injury or stroke.
After suffering a massive hemorrhagic stroke in 2017 that nearly took her life and left her completely paralyzed on the left side, Maddi has undergone extensive cognitive, speech, physical, and occupational rehabilitation to recuperate all the skills she had once taken for granted.
As an author, social media content creator, speaker, and world traveler, Maddi is a passionate and vocal advocate for the community, championing the rehabilitation journey by channeling a positive mindset. Obstacles are opportunities, and it is Maddi's mission to help others dealing with trauma by building community and empowering others to share their stories. Onward!
Chéri Ballinger, former model/actress and now film producer and entrepreneur, suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury in 2014 after a fall onto cement in an action scene on the set. Since her TBI on that day, her life has never been the same. Chéri’s recovery was full of challenges related to having female-specific symptoms that threw her doctors off.
I had a tremendous amount of help to clamber back up and return to a 'normal life'. If you do not have that help, maybe you are not able to stand back up. I try to share the compass NOT the Map, to help people navigate their way back to the SameYou. This is all rather simple, but NOT easy to do!
Advocating for brain injury rehabilitation is important to me because my family has a history of brain aneurysms. I survived what many of my loved ones did not. It is important for me to spread awareness for prevention, but also bring attention to gaps in aftercare for those who may be impacted in the future.
You may know Greg as the AVM Superhero on social media. After motivating a friend to move forward with life after a stroke, Greg realised he had the power to help others, carers and survivors. Once a month, he gives out a basket to caregivers and started an Instagram series called "Death Taught Us How to Live".
Having access to better brain injury rehab is monumental towards the next part of a survivors' life. My brain injuries have changed my life and I would love these changes to be more positive for future generations.
Advocating for better brain injury rehabilitation is important to me because I believe everyone is far more capable than they realise and with the right support, tools and inspiration, it is possible for survivors to thrive and live their life to the fullest post injury.
Chiara was two years old and 10 months when she suffered a stroke from the chickenpox virus. This resulted in right hand side hemiplegia and severe dyslexia. She is not able to use her right hand arm at all and does day-to-day tasks one-handed. Raising awareness of stroke in young people is important to Chiara to support them in learning to live with a brain injury and disability. Chiara helps raise awareness through her YouTube channel and now as a SameYou Advocate.