Maureen S. of Chester, NY

“I came back and I was able to do everything. It was liberating.”

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So the first session I came in for, I couldn't get off the floor because it was extremely painful. It was frightening because I didn't know if I was gonna be able to do this and I knew I needed to.

In my heart and in my brain I knew that I was gonna have to have a hip replacement. It was just a question of when I was going to do it and how I was going to get there. I needed to become strong, and conventional exercise, or whatever I had done before, didn't work.

So that's why I came here. My motivation was to get strong so that I could recover and have that surgery safely. It worked. I was back here, even when I went to PT, in seven weeks and I was able to do things without pain and that completely changed my life.

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When I started this process, everything new was scary but I did it. I came back and walked in that door without pain. I remember that somebody who I hadn't seen looked at me and said, "Oh my God, you look so different."

Nothing was different, you couldn't see my new hip. But I didn't have pain. 

I felt great, I felt comfortable. I came back and I was able to do everything. It was liberating. Everything was modified and I worked slowly until I got to the point where I thought, ‘Wow, I'm back. I can do it.” Now I can do much more.

This really has given me back the life that I knew that I had and could have. And wanted to have. And that's why I'm here.

 

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Kathleen D. of Monroe

“I was just fat and unhappy, basically. I own that and finally decided I need to do something about this.”

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My story is I don't really have a story. Life has happened to me like life happens to everybody. 

I'm like, "I don't have cancer. I didn't have a heart attack." I was just fat and unhappy, basically. I own that and finally decided I need to do something about this. 

Five years ago I ran the Marine Corps Marathon. I did two halfs after that. I was injured for both of those, but I kept running anyway. Then there were three years of doing nothing.

I knew I needed to do something. I couldn't just go back and start running again because I wasn't sure that I was gonna get the results that I wanted or was looking for, and how my foot was going to feel. 

That's what I'm doing here, changing my life, changing my habits, and getting back to being not fat and being happy again.

Here, I feel like I'm part of a team again like I used to be when I played soccer from kindergarten all through college. Obviously, we're not scoring goals or trying to win a championship, but we all have goals, and we're all trying to be better.

 

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