Breast cancer survivors celebrate completing the first breast cancer recovery program at the Tweed River Regional Aquatic Centre.
Breast cancer survivors celebrate completing the first breast cancer recovery program at the Tweed River Regional Aquatic Centre. Felicia Kosegi

Cancer survivors do fitness course

BREAST cancer survivors have been assisted in their recovery by a new fitness program at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre.

The first graduates proved an inspiration to organisers Ricarda Funke and Sue Phillips.

The 11 ladies were put through their paces in the pool over an eight week period and the benefits proved to be more than just physical.

“It has been a very positive and inspirational experience for us as co-ordinators and we feel very privileged to be able to present this program to the local community,” Ms Funke said.

“Along with the exercises there was sharing, lots of laughter, friendships made and learning.”

The YWCA Encore program, funded by New South Wales Health, is designed to enhance recovery from breast cancer surgery.

It involves gentle floor and hydro pool based exercises for women of any age who have had a mastectomy, lumpectomy or breast reconstruction surgery and aims to increase fitness and minimise the risk of lymphedema.

“The women were inspired by local practitioners and therapists who generously gave their time to come and speak on such subjects as nutrition, reflexology, posture, meditation, relaxation, through field therapy and much more,” Ms Funke said.

“I believe this program fills a much needed gap to support and assist women recovering from breast cancer.”

The next eight-week program starts in February.

For details call Sue Phillips on 02 66 795091 or Ricarda Funke on 042 092 5353.



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