“#HowDoYouVENT?” is an on-going, member-inspired campaign that works from the inside out to explore the very true, authentic, and compelling narrative behind our “why,” because like you, everyone has a story! For most, it’s that story that compels us to take control of our lives by making a commitment to health, fitness, and reinVENTion.
VENT Members (and staff) were inspired to share their stories that help prove no matter what life sends your way, you can overcome! White board statements are the pillars of the campaign as they create the connection between “HOW” someone VENT’s while exploring “WHY” they VENT.
“You’re always seeing everybody’s perfect, and you just can’t, you can’t be perfect.”
“I was training for the Boston Marathon, and all of a sudden I got hit by a car.”
I realized the struggles my mom had to go through to raise me, the nights when we had to go from shelter to shelter.
I want to steer my family, especially my younger brothers, in the right direction, and be a positive role model that they can look up to. I want to prove to all the people that doubted me that I can make a big impact in people’s lives.
HOW DO YOU VENT?
Plyometrics, because teen moms raise the toughest warriors.
At first I just wanted to get in shape. I had been a member at a different gym. But then we moved and VENT was much more convenient.
I started swimming at the Guilderland location before work a few mornings a week. When I had my first baby, I stopped working and took a good year and a half off from the gym, but then I started going to the Latham location and started training 1 or 2 times a week… I loved it!
My kids are my why. I want to get healthy to be around for them! I may not be a cover model, but I’m strong. I was flipping a 100lb tire partway through my pregnancy. [And] I’m showing my boys that health is a priority and mommy taking care of herself is just another way I show my love for them.
HOW DO YOU VENT?
Semi-Private Training, because I’m a better mom when I take care of myself.
Over the last few years I have battled a number of major health issues, conditions that were life changing and that I essentially had no control over. Joining VENT Fitness enabled me to take control over my body,
to influence both my physical and my mental health and to regain some traction against those destructive medical forces trying to wreak havoc on my body.
In 2012 after a… near-fatal misdiagnosis of Lyme’s Disease, I was correctly diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, or PMR… a painful disease of the muscles and joints characterized by muscle pain and stiffness, affecting both sides of the body, and involving the shoulders, arms, and neck.
In 2013, I was diagnosed with temporal arteritis (or TA) also known as giant cell arteritis. This sometimes occurs in patients with PMR, and it did with me. The diagnosis was confirmed with an open surgical biopsy of the left side of my head to get to the temporal arteries.
…In 2014 I lost the vision in my right eye, this was temporary and intermittent. But it happened three times, each incident lasting longer and taking more time to rebound and restore. An MRI of my brain and eyes revealed a brain tumor wrapped around the optic nerve of my right eye. This was my optic nerve sheave meningioma. This was treated with mega doses of a cortical steroid that made the previous doses for the PMR and TA look small.
I had to have follow-up MRIs every six months to monitor the state of this tumor. Every MRI described the tumor as remaining and remaining reduced in size. That is until 2015 when one of the subsequent MRIs found a second brain tumor. This time on my pituitary gland, a pituitary adenoma, also called a Rathke’s Cleft Cyst.
… Living with and dealing with what at times seemed like a cascade of bad news, I pushed on, keeping my attitude positive, changing many things in my life. I retired from my career as an architect. I refocused my diet and nutrition. I eliminated stress. I spent more time with the important people in my life, my family and my friends. And I made working out with a personal trainer at VENT a priority.
The story has a happy ending. In December 2017, my latest series of MRIs showed no trace or shadow of either brain tumor. And I started a second career working at the Albany Medical College where I train medical students and doctors in communication skills as a standardized (i.e. fake) patient.
HOW DO YOU VENT?
TRAINING, because I am living proof you can overcome anything.
I was in a tragic accident in 2012 and if it wasn’t for VENT, I wouldn’t be alive today.
I was training for the Boston Marathon when I was hit by a car. [I was] in a parking lot on my way back to my office and the car hit me from behind, [throwing] me 40 feet in the air. I hit my head on the car hood and [landed] on the road. I died and came back to life. It was VENT staff, management, members and trainers who sent me get well cards, calls texts and made sure I was ok. The VENT trainers got me back into recovery within nine months of the accident. Currently, and six years later, my body is at the best shape it’s been… and I am training for a triathlon!
HOW DO YOU VENT?
Ride, because my accident wasn’t the end of my story!
I have been a member since the 28th of November, 2016. I went through a lot of hardship at the time. From separating from my husband, being homeless
for a few months, and quickly learning how to stay afloat with my my 3 year old daughter. I am originally from South Africa. I have no family here, it’s just my daughter and I. Being alone, having to keep a brave face for my daughter, while trying to survive began to weigh on me. I needed something to give me mental clarity and something to give me back the joy that I had lost. I started to go to the gym and then everything just seemed better… it made me feel good… it gave me the courage and strength to get through each day.
I enjoy being around people who are supporting you, wanting you to succeed. Just the all around friendliness from all of the staff. I like that they come up to you, if you aren’t doing a workout correctly, so they can show you the correct way. It just proves that they care. I come back every day because It’s my happy place now.
I dropped from a size 8 to a 4 in a month of working out with Devin. The number in the scale didn’t move, however, I toned and lost inches. I am so in love with my body thanks to this experience! I am more confident because of it!
Tell your story about How you VENT (and why!) and you could be featured in our upcoming
“How Do You VENT?” campaign!