Breast cancer survivors given Encore

SMALL, simple exercises are having good results for Hunter breast cancer survivors.

Recent and previous breast cancer patients have been invited to take part in an after-surgery exercise program called Encore.

The free eight-week course is run by the YWCA, and has been designed for survivors, particularly those with crippling effects of lymphoedema, a build-up of fluid in the arms and sides as a side-effect of lymph nodes being affected by cancer treatment.

The two-hour weekly classes include information, support, floor and hydrotherapy exercises that participants can take home and repeat.

Katrine Kennedy  became an instructor after finding the program so helpful.

She lost six centimetres around her bicep and no longer needed a special sleeve.

Other participants found the gentle exercises helped with frozen shoulder, posture, general fitness and mood.

‘‘It makes such a change to quality of life. It’s also fun.’’

Sue Boswell said she learnt that instead of strenuous exercise the slow  movements were better.

Morning classes will be held at Valentine from Monday and evening classes at Waratah from Tuesday.

Medical clearance is required. To register, phone 1800305150.

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