Carol Doiron has been a member of the Saint John Regional Y since February 2016.  She is a regular in the pool, coming almost every day for the late morning swim.  

A year ago, Doiron weighed more than 200 pounds. She had congestive heart failure and has survived a heart attack.  She is also an insulin-dependent diabetic.  

She swims for about an hour each visit, water jogging with her waterproof mp3 player.  She has lost 60 pounds through her swimming routine and cutting her meals in half.  

“Coming to the YMCA was the best thing I have ever done,” she said, while sitting on the pool deck before her morning swim. “I was dying and now I have so much energy.” 

And it’s not just the energy that has given Doiron her life back. She has also been able to stop taking six of her medications and has gone from needing 100 units of insulin daily to manage her diabetes to only 15 units.  Carol credits swimming at the Y to changing her quality of life.  She has even convinced five of her friends to join our Y family! 

“The Y has given me my life back,” she said.