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Leslie's Road To Recovery

March 15, 2019

Leslie shares her story of persistence and faith

Franklin Y member and mother, Leslie Schumacher was diagnosed with Amyloidosis - a rare bone marrow disorder - over six years ago. Life as she knew it was over.

Originally misdiagnosed, Leslie’s Amyloidosis propelled her into a downward health spiral, which included kidney failure, liver failure, dialysis, chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, GI bleeds and multiple fractures. Leslie was jaundiced, underweight and mostly bedridden for the first year after her diagnosis.

Family, career suffer

Leslie had to step away from her career as a veterinarian. Her relationship with her family also suffered. When she was first diagnosed, she had just given birth to her second son. Her oldest son was 7. During her stem cell transplant, Leslie recounts visits from her sons in the hospital. She said she was “unrecognizable” to her oldest son. Her younger son was “petrified” of her.

Leslie decided to fight for her life. Her battle began with a kidney transplant and continued with physical therapy to help her walk again. Leslie praised her family and friends for their support in her weakest moments. “They never gave up on me,” she said.

“Choosing to Live”

Three years after her diagnosis, Leslie felt strong enough to try exercising again. She joined the Franklin Y and began building strength using machines on the wellness floor.

Despite numerous setbacks, Leslie remained determined. “I just kept getting back up after a setback, because for me, my membership at the Franklin Y is more than just about getting strong. It’s also about choosing to live,” Leslie said.

Today, her battle with Amyloidosis continues. For the rest of her life, Leslie will have to take anti-rejection medication for her kidneys. She is also in chronic pain from her medical screws and rods.

Leslie’s credits the Franklin Y with helping her to grow stronger and rejoin society. She’s grateful for the connections and friendships she’s developed with members and staff along the way. “Going to the Franklin Family YMCA is just as much a mental therapy for me as it is physical.”

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