Kishwaukee Family YMCA

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Dena’s Story

“Due to some health issues I was hospitalized six times in four months and gained 100 pounds because of the steroids I was on. Someone from my husband’s work told me the Y offers classes for people with disabilities and suggested that I might qualify for a scholarship. I was on disability and therefore we were no longer able to rely on my income. The Y suggested I try Janie’s MS-Recoup class. Because of this class, I am no longer bound to a wheelchair and I am able to maintain a fairly decent weight. The socialization that my class provides has helped me overcome my depression. It’s just so nice to be part of a group.

The scholarship program has really helped our family. My daughter has cerebral palsy and while she is able to walk, she is hand held assist. In the pool though, she has this bright smile on her face. It’s so much better exercise for her because she is moving both her arms and her legs. I would tell anyone considering the Y that you need to join and get involved. It helps you feel better about yourself and live a better life. For me, The Y helped me get motivated, to lose the weight and feel better about myself. I am now able to take better care of my daughter and my husband.”
– Dena YMCA Member

Watch Dena’s Video