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Road to Recovery

December 22, 2016
NEWS + STORIES

Before Thomas Felton was on a road to recovery, he grew up going to the local YMCA in Brooklyn, NY.

Throughout the years, he played on Y baseball teams and participated in pick-up basketball games. Thomas flourished into a talented baseball player and earned a full baseball scholarship to Colorado State University. His potential didn’t stop there; he became an All-American his sophomore year. He also walked on as a member of the basketball team. In his junior year, he became an All-American in basketball!

Throughout Thomas’ active life, he never imagined not being able to play sports. However, in 2011, Thomas suffered a stroke that was due to untreated hypertension and high blood pressure. A year before the stroke, Thomas was diagnosed with hypertension and believed that he could cure himself by staying fit, something he had been doing his whole life. Unfortunately, the stroke left Thomas completely paralyzed on his right side. After months of rehab, Thomas felt lost and empty as he knew he would never get back to being who he was.

The stroke affected Thomas both physically and emotionally. He was not able to do the things he once loved, like playing basketball or baseball. He became self-conscious about his abilities and lost his confidence. But after years of feeling lost, Thomas decided to make a change and joined the Ransburg YMCA in Indiana. This decision proved to be a turning point in his life.

Thomas's Road To Recovery

Thomas met Brad Bishop, a full-time wellness advisor, who helped him in his road to recovery. Thomas shared his story with Brad and explained how the stroke affected his body and mind. Brad created exercises that isolated the particular muscles that had been weakened by the stroke. He focused on strengthening Thomas’ core and right shoulder, which needed the most attention. Over time, Thomas’ confidence grew as he was able to do more and more things that he thought he never would be able to do again.

Brad and Thomas have become good friends, and Thomas is so grateful for what Brad has done for him. He now has hope that he will continue to improve physically and get back to feeling like himself again. This road to recovery has been long and challenging, but Thomas has learned that anything is possible with dedication, perseverance, and the right support system.

Joining the YMCA and working with a wellness advisor like Brad can make a significant difference in someone's life. The Y is not just a gym; it’s a community that provides support, encouragement, and guidance to help people reach their full potential. With programs designed to meet individual needs and experienced staff to help people achieve their goals, the Y can be the starting point for a successful road to recovery.

If you or someone you know has experienced a life-changing event and is looking to regain strength, confidence, and a sense of purpose, consider joining the Y. The Y is committed to helping everyone, regardless of their background or ability, achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. With the right support system and a willingness to work hard, anything is possible, as Thomas’ story illustrates.

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