I am not done, I have more goals now than I ever have. I come to the Y to keep living.
I started a personal journey for myself on March 17, 2014. I said enough was enough and knew that I needed to do something about my health. I lost 31 lbs by late June. Then, on the night of July 4th, 2014 our entire family - Andrew, my husband, myself, and our two sons, Cole, who was almost 6, and Reed ,who was17 months, were hit by a drunk driver on US 30. My husband was driving, and he and the boys literally walked away with minor injuries. I was not so fortunate...I was transported to Chicago as an emergency trauma patient. I had 3 pelvic fractures, a lacerated liver, bruised lungs, bruised ribs, shattered humerus, fractured left wrist, massive concussion, and a laceration on my right knee to the tibia. I was in ICU for four days, and on the 5th day I had a 5 1/2 hr surgery and was moved to a trauma unit where I remained for another 13 days. I was transported then to Fort Wayne to a rehab facility where I remained non-weight bearing (laying in bed) until August 6th. On August 11th, I took my first steps in over a month. I had to learn to walk again, to write again (I'm left handed), and to learn my "new normal".
Cole has been in Kids Club for a couple of years at Madison, and enjoyed Camp Little Eagle last summer. This winter, we had both of the boys in swim lessons. I joined the Y in January after I had completed six months of physical therapy and rehabilitation. I needed to keep moving and had come so far. I didn't want to be a victim. My husband has been an incredible rock, my sons have seen their mother fight for her life, and I now have scars that remind me every day that I am stronger than that which tried to break me.
One year later, I have lost 68 lbs, 5 jean sizes, and 39.5 points off of my BMI. I have pain every day, but as long as I keep moving it is lessened. I have a mantra: Sweat Dries, Blood Clots, Bones Heal . . . Suck it up Princess! I am not done, I have more goals now than I ever have.
I come to the Y to keep living.
It's been so fun to watch the kids grow up within the YMCA organization. And as an added bonus, some of our closest friends are families that we've met through the Y. We feel extremely fortunate to have such awesome opportunities for the kids to have fun, stay active, and make new friends, and we are excited to continue exploring all that the YMCA has to offer!
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