After Cancer, YMCA Helps Husband and Wife Survivors Stay Strong and Healthy / by Zina Daniel

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This is the best I’ve ever felt, and I’m thankful the Y has such a variety of classes, so I am never bored.
— Carolyn Culp

Charles “Chuck” Culp and his wife, Carolyn, both battled cancer and won. However, these survivors found that the years of treatment and surgeries took their toll. Their stamina, energy levels, and overall health decreased, which made exercising hard.

The Culps knew they needed to take action to reverse the damage and get healthier. They looked to the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA for a solution and joined its LIVESTRONG program, 12 weeks of physical activity designed to get cancer survivors back on their feet. Run by certified fitness instructors, it’s low-cost or free, and customized to suit individual needs.

Through the LIVESTRONG at YMCA programs, Chuck’s health improved significantly, enough to reduce the amount of blood pressure medicine he takes. He lost weight as well as increased his lung capacity and his stamina. Carolyn has also lost weight, gained energy, and has better balance.

Power in the group

“This is the best I’ve ever felt, and I’m thankful the Y has such a variety of classes, so I am never bored,” said Carolyn. “Being part of a group was the biggest motivation. We were constantly interacting with our peers, sharing encouraging stories, and the instructors gave positive reinforcement to keep me on track.”

Chuck and Carolyn loved the improvements and the sense of community at the Y so much that after three months in the LIVESTRONG program, they decided to make it permanent. They joined the Y. Carolyn also enrolled in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

“Being a part of both programs allowed me to be a part of the family at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, and for that I am grateful,” she said.

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