Hi! My name is Marilyn. I was born and grew up in Massachusetts, and the East coast still calls me back every fall to visit relatives in Maine. I moved to the Midwest when I went to Valparaiso University in Indiana where I also met my husband. We moved to Michigan where I began teaching (a career that lasted 38 years), and earned my teaching certification and MA from the University of Michigan...Go Blue! We still enjoy going to the home football games, and the instate rivalry really hits home since both of our daughters graduated from that Green and White school! Visiting our daughter, husband, and two grandchildren who live in England (watch out for overseas study programs!) is a top priority each year. We also look forward to a trip to Colorado every year to see our daughter who teaches there, after teaching at an international school in Chile. During the summer we enjoy golf and Lake Michigan, and there is always time year round to enjoy the classes and people at our YMCA who help us stay healthy and active.

The Stiff Knee Marilyn Jonker

The Stiff Knee (by Marilyn Jonker)

Help! I’m stuck!

Yes, that was me nine weeks post surgery for total knee replacement. I could not get past 100º on my own or 105º with the therapist. For several years I had been going to the gym three or four times a week for yoga, Pilates, stretch and flex, and interval classes, so this degree of motion was not acceptable to me.