“ Doctors did not think she would recover, but Lana was determined to prove them wrong.”

When Lana Lewis was 27 years old, a ruptured cerebral blood vessel nearly ended her life. Years earlier, she had surgery to correct misshapen capillaries in her brain, and doctors believed she was fine.

Then one September morning, Lana suddenly collapsed and fell into a coma. Five weeks later, she awoke to a difficult reality. Wheelchair bound, she could not balance herself, her muscles had atrophied and a tracheotomy had damaged her vocal chords.

Doctors did not think she would recover, but Lana was determined to prove them wrong. After months of physiotherapy, she joined the YMCA of Greater Moncton. For the last 12 years, Lana has cycled and weight-trained three afternoons a week, and recently added a rejuvenating water therapy program.

Lana says the Y is her second home. In return for the support she’s received, she started a social group for Y members living with disabilities. Twice a month, they meet to share experiences.

Lana credits the Y with providing a welcoming place that has enabled her to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.  Proving her doctors wrong, Lana has lived –on her own - in her townhouse for the past 14 years with her dog, Gordie Jr.