In August of 2010, my life changed forever. I went from being an active, healthy, involved social member of society and a widowed, single mom to being very sick and locked in a dark room for months at a time. For whatever reason, I began to have mini-strokes, seizures, migraines headaches, and my whole body began hurting so bad I could barely move. I had to quit my job as a Wellness Director for a major rehab hospital since I could no longer focus or navigate a busy office setting. I spent months at a time in a dark room because lights, motion, noise and smells set off a chain of migraines and seizures so bad I would have to be admitted to hospital. As a result of not having the ability to be active, I had a pulmonary embolism and developed blood clots – I almost died.
Being desperate to see my children grow up and not having many options, I decided to try swimming, since my muscles couldn’t bear the pressure of most other forms of exercise. It was a last effort to regain movement and focus as well as my life. Because the YMCA allows me to use their facility and pool at a rate I can afford with my drastic cut in salary, I have regained movement in my legs, reclaimed the ability to focus and the migraines have been cut in half. I’m still not able to tolerate a lot of light and noise, but I can now walk without a walker or cane, thus enabling me to do so much more than before. I am forever grateful for the services of the YMCA. I’ve told many people about how swimming at the Y has changed my life and my doctor asks me to speak to other migraine/fibromyalgia sufferers about the benefits of swimming and exercise.
I am a success story, all thanks to the graciousness of my local YMCA and the use of their pool. I’m so thankful for all that this phenomenal organization does and am so appreciative of the ways the Y has impacted my life and the lives of so many others.