I was pondering what some of the other patrons must think when they see what trouble and effort it takes Mom to get into the gym in the first place, not to mention the energy she must expend to actually use the equipment. I was imagining their inner dialogues might go something like this: "Well, if that lady can be here exercising day after day, I figure I can too!" I expect that on days when they have had to drag themselves there--perhaps barely making it--seeing Mom and her perseverance must be a motivation for them to keep going, to not give up.
Apparently this is the case. Mom related that the staff have told her that she is in inspiration to a lot of people who come there to exercise.
I know Mom can't do all the things she once could. Sometimes she feels like there's not much she can do any more. But she's an inspiration to me for doing what she can. And it appears she is an inspiration to others as well, most of whom she doesn't even know.