Colleen Tyrrell Llacsa spent most of three years dealing with a cerebral spinal fluid leak so debilitating that, on many days, she couldn’t hope to recover. She spent much of that time in bed.

Now she’s working out with a trainer from Naperville’s UFC Gym.

“I’m exercising,” she said. “And I didn’t think I would survive.”

It’s been a stark and welcome transformation the past two years for the 38-year-old Naperville woman who had been on palliative care before the effects of one last procedure started to set in.

Picture Source: Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Source ( Marie Wilson/ Daily Herald )