Anna’s Story

“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.”

-Anna King

The Y is here for Anna, and here for you. Join us at the new Y, opening January 2020.


Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties