November of 2014 was the beginning of my story. I walked into Sweat Fitness in Conshohocken, PA and said I want to train with someone since I’ve never been to a gym before. I just wanted to lose weight, be fit and healthy. Ken (Sweat Fitness Personal Trainer) became my trainer and I was off. Being a novice to the gym life, Ken took things at a pace where I felt comfortable so I wouldn’t hurt myself. I would walk on the treadmill and I was proud of myself that I was able to walk two miles. My training sessions were intense and different every session. I was able to do things I never thought I had the ability or strength to do. I trained early in the morning three days a week. The days I didn’t train, I walked on the treadmill. Ten months later, I was walking four miles a day, still training three days a week and I decided to take a spin class. Ken encouraged me and said I would not have any trouble spinning. To my surprise, he was right. Not only that, I was hooked. I enjoyed spin class. In ten months I lost twenty-five pounds, had more energy and was getting healthy and fit.
October 7th everything changed. While driving I had a brain aneurysm, crashed my car and was airlifted to Thomas Jefferson Neuroscience Hospital for emergency brain surgery. The doctors told my husband there was a 30 percent chance of surviving surgery. After two weeks in the hospital, I walked out of the hospital with no deficiencies and a desire to train again. At my follow up doctor’s appointment, I was told the reason for having no long term deficiencies was due to the fact my body was strong and healthy. I have many people to thank for helping me. Recovery was sometimes difficult but what I learned at the gym helped the most- It’s hard to start something but with confidence, determination and the help of good trainer it can be done. It has been three months since my aneurysm. In late December I started to train again and it’s the best feeling.
This is my story.