It had been years since I have worked out on a regular basis, so when I started having treatment for breast cancer, exercising was the last thing that I had the energy to do. But after I had finished treatment and surgery, my oncologist suggested I participate in the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA Healthy Living Center. Little did I know how that would change my life almost two years later!
The first thing I did was join the lymphedema water class. The instructor, Tammee, was amazing! I felt so much better after going to that class each week. I also started working in the gym with Y trainer Carol one-on-one. She was so encouraging and made me feel great each time I saw her! I soon learned that exercise was the most important part of my day, and I worked out five days a week most of the time. I am still training with Carol, and I feel so fortunate and lucky to have her helping me! I have met so many wonderful people here and have developed long-lasting friendships!
The LIVESTRONG program has changed my life, and it helped me learn how important exercising is. Every time I walk out of the Y, I know I have made a difference in my well-being and will encourage others to do the same.