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Bellevue
8101 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37221
615-646-9622
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Bellevue

615-646-9622
8101 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37221
Today's 4:45 a.m.-10 p.m.
Directions | More Hours

My Y Story: Ken H.

May 22, 2019

We asked our members to share their stories and how the Y has impacted them. Below is Ken's story:

My story began at 4 months old when I was diagnosed with cancer. I had surgery to remove a tumor from my right lung followed by massive amounts of radiation therapy. My parents were told I would not survive.

I am truly a miracle and by the time I was in junior high was heavily bullied. I was unable to keep up with everyone else on the track and had a difficult time participating in any physical education event.

The massive amounts of radiation I'd received from childhood caused numerous, current health problems including respiratory issues and irreparable muscle damage. These have limited my physical abilities in many ways. I've since learned to adjust and lower expectations in my performance to meet desired goals, but have not allowed my health issues to stop me.

I continue to push myself and realizing my limits, doing what it takes to keep going but varies daily how I'm feeling that particular day. I am very sensitive to others being bullied and those trying to get control of their health, struggling with weight or any debilitating health issues. Facing these challenges every day is difficult, but against all odds and the grace of God I've made it.

For years if I had to stand straight, I had to take Tylenol daily knowing one day it would no longer be effective and would need prescription pain medicine. But I didn't want to live that way.

In 2013, I was looking in the mirror one day and asked myself,  "Have I lost weight as my doctor advised me to? No."

I told myself that I had to make a change and decided to go to the Bellevue YMCA to meet with a personal trainer. We discussed my goals and what I wanted to achieve in my life. She set up a program that was tailor made for me. She showed me how to use exercise machines that I needed to reach my goal. Since that day I have lost over 70 pounds and feel my health has greatly improved and I feel so much better, not just health wise but about myself as well.

The YMCA has helped me tremendously and changed my life. I'm here in this awesome facility often, among dedicated, concerned, caring people who help you achieve what's best for you.

You can make the change like I did and if I can help any of you in any way, please stop me in the hall or the workout floor. You can do it!

Donate to our Bellevue Family YMCA Community Campaign to ensure more community members grow in mind, body and spirit.

 

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