My name is Angela Powell and I’m a member of my care Ohio. When I first started out, even though I had a body of six year old, it was a preschool brain and when I was labeled education, my only retired li handicapped by the psychologist, I’m a survivor, I never give up.
I had my daughter at a young age at 18 in high school, graduating with a medical assistant degree. They proved them wrong, she said she wanted to be more independent, that was the first thing making her doctor’s appointment, helping her through the different providers and finding them.
I was able to do things on my own. Pierce was helping to be independent, everything’s coming together and I’m happy with the program, it was being a voice for her when she felt that she couldn’t be, then pushing her to become her own voice and most worsening the SilverSneakers.
I can’t tell you how many members have raved and are excited about being able to go to the gym and exercise, because it’s more than exercising, it’s also being able to get out of the apartment of socialized with little people. When I first started out, I weighed 500 pounds. Now I’m down to 230 and I was gaining too much weight and I could have died from it, but I thought I had a child that was too young to go without a mother.
I went to classes, walk to lose the weight. I swim, I do machines to build upper body, I want to get down to 180, so I don’t have to be a diabetic anymore. She’s socializing more with the residents in the building and even outside, so she has come a long way in a year’s time.