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Erin Young

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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.