How Singer Lynne Jordan Defied Doctors to Turn Her Life Around
Medical professionals said they had no remedy for Lynne Jordan’s chronic pain and fatigue.
Following the StrongPath led her to relief—and a better life.
Her singing career requires Lynne Jordan to command the stage for up to three hours at a time,
but not long ago, she could barely even perform basic daily activities. “The last flight of stairs in
my apartment building was always the hardest to climb after a long day,” Jordan told Lisa
Maxbauer in First for Women. “Glancing behind me, I was grateful no one was around to
witness my struggle. Finally, with my front door in sight, I told myself, I’m never leaving the
She had struggled with weakness, balance and agility, but it took a fall in her home to make her
realize how dangerous things had become. “I worried, What if my next fall is worse?” She was
too depleted to clean the house or do simple tasks like take out garbage or change bed linens.
The chronic pain cut into her social life; the lack of activity only further weakened her. “It
seemed the only muscles I had left were my jaw for snacking and my forearm for clicking the
TV remote,” she said. “I would think back to when I was younger and more active and ask
myself, Was that some sort of dream?”
No one could offer solutions. Friends told her to just get used to it, while doctors “lectured me to
exercise and lose weight, but none of them understood that moving was my problem. I felt
trapped: I hurt, so I didn’t move; I didn’t move, so I hurt more.”
Fate intervened: Jordan performed a gig and her host was StrongPath’s Fred Bartlit. “He saw me hobbling around,” she recalled. “He told me he had co-written a book about muscle deterioration and frailty after seeing his father’s health decline. ‘Looks like you’re suffering from the same thing,’ he said, adding, ‘You don’t have to fall apart as you get older.’”
The singer read Choosing the StrongPath (StrongPath.com) and learned about sarcopenia, the
gradual loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength. “My doctors had never mentioned the
condition,” Jordan said, “but it seemed to explain what was happening to my body, especially my weak knees and exhaustion,” she said. “I was stunned! My doctors only harped about weightloss—they never said to build muscle.”
She worked with a trainer to improve balance and core strength. “I also traded my low-fat diet
for a protein-rich diet,” she said. “Within two weeks I felt stronger! I was amazed the first time I
climbed the stairs to my apartment without stopping to rest. My new body gave me confidence
and energy.” Better still, she lost 100 pounds and resumed her old lifestyle.
“I used to worry that I was all washed up, but now I know there’s a lot of life ahead,” she said. “I
have the energy to do anything I want! I’m even performing my one-woman show, A Great Big
Diva, which includes 90 minutes of singing and dancing. Older women often feel it’s too late,
but I’m here to say, No, it’s not!”