One of the profound changes in dealing with cancer has been the introduction of post surgery and treatment programs.
Take for example YWCA’s Encore, a free exercise and information program specifically for women who have experienced breast cancer.
Like other programs, Encore ensures that the road to recovery is not cut short after surgery or treatment.
Encore, which is coming to Campbelltown from Tuesday, October 16, is an inspiring and empowering approach to recovery from breast cancer, which aims to meet the exercise and support needs of women after the trauma of their treatment in a nurturing non-medical environment.
It started 22 years ago in 1996 and it now being delivered in 43 locations across the state from central Sydney all the way to Broken Hill.
Through targeted exercises, Encore can help relieve common side effects associated with surgery and treatment.
This can include pain, fatigue, loss of mobility, and loss of strength in the upper body.
The 8 week program (two hours per week) incorporates floor and hydrotherapy exercises in a small group environment with trained facilitators and is overseen by an advisory committee of health professionals.
Benefits of the program include:
- improved mobility and flexibility in the upper body
- boosting self-esteem and self-image
- relieving any discomfort resulting from surgery
- reducing the potential risk of lymphoedema
- assisting women with lymphoedema
- creating a positive attitude to life and health
More than an exercise program, Encore provides a supportive environment where women can connect with other women who share a similar experience.
The program is inclusive and supports the needs of women with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and those from CALD (Culturally And Linguistically Diverse) backgrounds.
To take part in the Term 4, 2018 YWCA Encore at Campbelltown (4pm-6pm) please provide name, postcode and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS details to 0449 904 011.