“After moving to Spokane two years ago, I was invited to go to the Y with a friend. I felt instantly welcome and comfortable. I found the Y to be a safe environment to meet friends and stay healthy and fit. For me, the YMCA is my extended neighborhood where I find friendship and encouragement. It is a place where I can be challenged and continually gain new knowledge.
I knew that I wanted to work here and it was just a matter of time before I found my niche in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Ever since my husband beat cancer 10 years ago, the LIVESTRONG organization has inspired me and given me the tools and drive to help other survivors. Helping cancer survivors will always be my lifelong passion!
Serving as a coach in this program has been a real growth opportunity for me. Every day I am amazed and in awe at the strength and challenges that face survivors. Personally I have learned to really listen to what is being said to me. I am continually learning how to express myself. My love for all people and understanding and acceptance of diversity continues to grow.
I see my role as a coach being one that involves teaching the participants how to express their feelings about their cancer journey and coaching them in how to be active again and gain strength. I love to expose them to new and exciting ways to be healthy. It is a privilege for me to work with these strong, beautiful people who daily face mental, emotional and physical challenges. I am honored to be part of their journey toward healthy living and to witness their fighting spirits. Each class I gain new teammates that I know
will be lifelong friends.
I believe that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has filled a void that the cancer community has vastly needed. It is an extension of their treatment, and I believe it is necessary in their journey to health and wellness. I also believe that, in supporting cancer survivors, we are also supporting their caregivers, family, coworkers and friends. There is a ripple effect. In this program, survivors come together to grow, to give, to receive, and to feel hope that they will move on and continue a strong and healthy life!”