Joe (68) is living his life to the fullest as a cancer survivor and a discontented bachelor. Being a bachelor doesn’t necessarily mean he’s living a lonely life…it’s just the opposite…his life is full of social activity! He enjoys Ballroom Dancing at a local church and at NWTC a couple of nights a week which he’s been doing since before it became popular from the Dancing with the Stars show. Joe is also passionate about playing pool but doesn’t consider himself a pool shark.
Other than dancing and playing pool, Joe keeps busy volunteering at Bellin Health and going to Bellin Fitness Group Fitness Classes. His journey at Bellin began after he finished his cancer treatments at the Bellin Cancer Team in the summer of 2015. His greatest motivation was finding a book in the library called Yoga as Medicine and he was hooked on finding out more.
Joe started out tired and low energy but soon after coming to Silver Sneakers classes twice a week with Darlene Pospichal as his instructor, he was feeling good and full of energy. He also takes yoga classes every Friday both at Bellin and offsite. He has developed a great friendship with Darlene (“How could you not,” says Joe.) and they go on weekly lunches or walks when it’s nice out. The support of the Bellin Fitness staff and the camaraderie of the class participants played the biggest role in helping Joe in his quest for wellness.
Since starting his journey, Joe’s life has changed tremendously! Besides, being more socially active, loving volunteering and going to fitness classes, he says he is in the best shape of his life and he has never been happier or more content and (in yoga words) balanced. Not only is all of that life changing but so it the fact that Joe recently received his certification for being a Yoga instructor. He completed his 200-Hour Program at Everybody’s Yoga and is ready to help others find their “balance.”
When I asked Joe, what advice would you give to help others, he replied “Stay physically active and pursue something that you are passionate about because life is too short.”