I started working out at I.C. shortly after I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hips. I could no longer run or play tennis or do any of the high impact activities that I loved to do. I wanted to find a place where I could stay in shape, that was also fun and inspiring. My friend Patty had recently joined the I.C. and loved it so I gave it a try. This was when they were in the old space on Jacuzzi street, and my first session was with Danielle who was so welcoming and helpful and great, and I could tell right away that they could really understand my limitations but also push me forward.
There are many things I love about coming to the Ice Chamber – the staff, the community (it’s ok to chat and get to know people, and also okay to be a zombie and say nothing at all, especially at 6am). For me in particular, with my hip issues and also knee injuries, it’s a place I can feel totally supported in my efforts to stay in shape. They are great at adjusting activities so I can participate, asking me how I’m doing, and encouraging me. On top of that, it’s a place I always feel good – even through extreme ups and downs personally. It’s a place where I am able to remind myself of what’s good and positive. I always, always leave there so happy that I went.
I run a nonprofit organization that helps schools, community organizations and low-income housing communities provide support services for kids that they need in order to show up at school ready to learn. Our largest areas of work are in after school and summer programs, health and mental health care, and access to meals. We work across the state. I also spend a portion of my time as an adviser to the State Superintendent of Schools, on a range of policy issues related to my areas of expertise.
I have a beautiful daughter who recently turned 11. She used to come to the I.C. a lot but now that she is allowed to stay home alone she usually chooses that!