Best “Poke” Ever!

blood drawThis is a testimonial sent to us by 9Health Fair participant Ellie Gaccetta. We hope those of you who have attended a 9Health Fair this spring had a similar experience. For those of you who are nervous to attend, we hope Ellie’s experience will encourage you to overcome the fear so you too can Own Your Health.

Blood Draw Testimonial from 9Health Fair Participant

I had a blood draw at the 9Health Fair on Sunday at YMCA. The phlebotomist who “poked” me was one of the best I’ve ever had and I am considered a “difficult draw”. I’ve had a huge bruise and swelling from needles; I’ve had numerous techs attempt to draw my blood. But Sunday I was in and out of that chair in less than 5 minutes – one stick, one vial of blood, gauze, tape and goodbye. What a pleasure and what a personable, nice young woman. Kudos.

I’ve participated in 9Health Fairs for 16 years. After the death of my eldest brother in 2001, I decided it was time to take charge of my health. That first blood test was littered with highs and lows, and virtually nothing was normal. It was a wake-up call to change my life – from eating habits to exercising regularly. I joined a weight loss entity and lost 30 pounds, began exercising 5 days a week and today at age 65, I’m still 30 pounds lighter and probably the fittest and healthiest I’ve ever been. I went from busting out of a woman’s size 16 pants to a petite 10. I attribute a lot of my success to 9Health Fair and how it opened my eyes to the necessity of taking charge of your health and life, starting with what is happening on the inside.

I might just end with saying that being healthy is essential for me because for the past 8 years I have been the full-time caregiver to my now 101-year old mother. It is a job that requires strength and stamina, a good mind and healthy body – oh and a lot of prayer! Thank you for sponsoring this event annually and I’ll be back next year!

-Ellie Gaccetta