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Ed Heard's YMCA Story
When Ed was 16 years old he was diagnosed with Chiari malformation. Chiari is a condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. It causes a person to experience headaches, neck pain, hearing or balance problems, dizziness, muscle weakness, breathing problems and even depression. Ed’s doctor informed him that as he got older he would begin to see the Chiari manifest itself and as a result Ed would have to undergo brain and back surgery. Ed underwent a back surgery in 2014 and had to learn how to walk again. This caused him to retire early which was extremely hard for him.
“Being out of work and wondering how I was going to keep moving forward really took a toll on me. I knew I needed to get out and start living again so I joined the Pickens YMCA and began swimming in the pool. After a few months I noticed an increase in my mobility. I decided to apply to work at the YMCA and it gave me a second calling in life. THANKS TO THE Y I NOW HAVE FOUND MY PURPOSE AGAIN.”
Like Ed, so many individuals are trying to refocus, renew and restart in 2023. Let the Y help you on your journey.