A dear friend of mine told me about the LiveSTRONG program and asked me to go with her. Not being a person who joins group, I was a little hesitant but wanted to support my friend. I found myself sitting around a table with a wonderful, warm, knowledgeable, enthusiastic young woman instructor and a dozen amazing people who all had impressive, moving stories and indomitable spirits about getting everything they could from the program and making whatever personal progress they could. I was so glad to be accepted as one of them! Those twelve weeks changed my life. And when the program was over, I was determined to stay with my two morning a week exercise schedule and then to become an “alumni” and help out with other program participants, an experience I am enjoying very much. So many thanks to the “Y” for this special program and many thanks to Lauren for her great leadership and caring.