Marilyn C.

Gordon Family YMCA

Being diagnosed with COPD and MS can really take a toll on your physical and mental well-being. That was the case with Marilyn Corlett. She was “running scared” and knew she needed to do something to take control of her health. Her desire for improved health ultimately pushed her in the right direction towards the Gordon Family YMCA.

Before setting foot into the Y, she felt intimidated. Not knowing how to use equipment and not being familiar with the appropriate exercises could make any first-timer a bit anxious, but it was Marilyn’s interaction with our staff member, Linette, that helped ease her concerns and made her feel comfortable right away. Linette showed her all the machines and even demonstrated how to properly use them. After spending time with Linette and getting into the groove at the Y, Marilyn recalled, “It’s nice to have a place to go and be comfortable.” This built an instant connection between the two that would grow through her journey.

The beginning was hard on Marilyn, “Walking the track even for one lap was a challenge,” she admits. But her determination was key, she kept coming back, kept going and eventually developed a great ethic towards her fitness and focusing on eating a healthy diet. That combination has helped her to lose 20 pounds, strengthen her muscles, and she can now walk 20 to 30 miles per week! As Marilyn observed, she had to take “one step at a time” to achieve her goals.

At 68, she feels as good as she has ever felt and is more motivated to continue her journey wherever it may take her. She recently had a great connection with Linette. Linette said she did not recognize Marilyn due to her weight loss. The two embraced knowing Marilyn’s struggles and her journey through the Y. Marilyn told Linette to have her not recognize her was the greatest compliment she could have received.

Marilyn started her Y lifestyle three years ago. However, nine months ago, she made a daily commitment to focus on exercise and body nourishment. She believes the YMCA has given her a better quality of life and may have extended her life.

“I see people of all ages and different levels of fitness while I am at the Y. I believe for a moment in time, we all working together toward one cause: To better our health and individually doing it at our own pace.”

Her motivation and dedication to exercise and health has made a positive impact on not only her life but many of her family and friends. She would like to thank all the prayer warriors who prayed on her behalf and also to thank “Our Great Physician, Jesus Christ,” for answering those prayers.

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