“I am Y” tells the stories of Y members and staff and the transformative power of community. This is Anna’s story:
“When I was 18, a bicycle accident that left me with a traumatic brain injury. I had just graduated from high school.
“I biked to a friend’s house and my bike flipped. My injuries were so severe that I had to learn how to walk and talk all over again. I still speak slowly; I’m semi-paralyzed on one side of my body. Life after my accident was hard. I was depressed. I attempted suicide – twice. I realized I had a choice: to suffer, or to choose the life that I have now. I chose life.
“Today, when I swim at the Y, I feel free. It’s a freedom my body doesn’t give a lot of. It’s so hard to be in this body. In the pool, I feel free to move how I want to move. It’s rejuvenating and tiring – in a good way.
“I push myself every day. Now, I can do flips-turns and the backstroke. I used to be able to do only one lap, but I kept trying. Everyone here helped me. They are so supportive; they are here for me. I feel safe here. I feel like me here.”
The Y is here for Anna, and here for you. Join us at the new Y, opening January 2020.