Member Success Profile: Sara

Member Success Profile: Sara

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Monica Lytle

Sara received a liver transplant in 2014. Since then her life has completely changed - she is inspired, motivated and grateful every day. 

Sara joined the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a liver disease. Being chronically ill, Sara wanted to do what she could to stay healthy and began attending weekend swimming and yoga classes. She knew she was struggling when her usual 30-minute walk home from work was taking her up to 1.5 hours. In 2014, Sara received a liver transplant from her brother and was given a new lease on life. Her well-being turned around completely and she was motivated to maintain her health and get back into fitness.

Shortly after surgery, Sara was back at the Health + Fitness Centre, inspired to step out of her comfort zone to try something new. The journey began at Josh’s Tuesday evening boot camp class. Never an “athletic type”, she remembers feeling nervous and unsure at the start, but Josh’s genuine and supportive attitude was a great introduction to the class. DanceFit, Tabata, Bootcamp and Body Sculpt classes are now a part of Sara’s regular routine and she loves the variety of classes offered at the YWCA.

Her advice to others is to take a leap and try something different. If you are unsure where to start, Sara suggests working with a personal trainer. She has worked with Josh and Allister, both of whom motivated and challenged her, but above all made her feel comfortable and connected to the YWCA. Throughout her health and fitness journey, she has seen more of a psychological change than a physical one and is now able to open herself up to try new things.

Explore something new at the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre.

For more information, contact Health + Fitness Member Services at 604 895 5777 |