2015 turned out to be one of the best years of my life which neither I nor my family thought would be the case when the doctor hit me with my diagnosis in August 2014.

I loved the Encore program I did – it most definitely got me out and about and back on track with my fitness. Having completed my treatment by March last year I spent much of the rest of the year working on my health and fitness. I managed to lose the chemo weight (some 16kgs) and have been seeing a PT instructor every week to keep me on track. I am now in better shape than I have been for many years.

This is not, by the way, me blowing my own trumpet but rather, I hope, proof that it is possible for people to turn their life around from a fitness perspective after cancer treatment. When I was at an Encore session last year one of the ladies said that she did not believe it possible to get fitness back after chemo and that got me thinking about whether or not that was true – and it certainly got me thinking that I would like to have a damn good try at proving that for me it wouldn’t be the case.

So now 12 months on I run, cycle and love life with a passion! I did a Pink Tri in Sydney in October as a team and we won our event and had an absolutely tremendous day in a remarkable atmosphere, also raising valuable funds for breast cancer research so it was a win/win situation! I am planning a half marathon in 2016 to keep me focused and on my toes next.

Without Encore I wouldn’t be here now so a big thanks to you all for the amazing work you do and I hope lots of people come through the program.

encore (breast cancer) program

YWCA Encore (after Breast Cancer care)

YWCA Encore is a FREE 8 week program designed specifically for women who have experienced breast cancer to improve and retain mobility and flexibility in the upper limbs, confidence and general wellbeing. YWCA Encore is a holistic program, helping to create positive self-esteem and body image and a positive attitude to life and health.

After breast cancer surgery and treatment, many women experience numbness, pins and needles, a loss of mobility and strength and discomfort in their upper bodies. Simple things like pegging the washing and carrying children can become difficult. YWCA Encore consists of specially designed gentle exercise, relaxation, support and information for women who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their life.

The exercises help strengthen arms, shoulders and chest and improve flexibility and mobility. The exercises can also help to improve general fitness and wellbeing, reduce the risk of lymphedema, aid the management of lymphedema and reduce fatigue associated with treatment.

The program also offers information through guest speakers, links into local services and an opportunity to connect with women who share a similar experience in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Many great friendships have been formed at YWCA Encore programs.

Program Info

  • 2020 DATES
    Valentine
    Dates: Mondays – 12 October 2020 to 30 November 2020
    Time: 1.15pm-3.15pm
    Venue: Valentine Hydrotherapy Pool, 1A St John’s Dr, Croudace Bay NSW 2280

    Waratah
    Dates: Tuesdays – 13 October 2020 to 1 December 2020
    Time: 4.15pm-6.15pm
    Venue: Newcastle Senior School, 66 Harriet Street, Waratah  NSW 2298

    Salamander Bay
    Dates: Fridays – 16 October to 4 December 2020
    Time: 11.00am-1.00pm
    Venue: Salamander Haven Village, Diemars Rd, Salamander Bay NSW 2317

  • SUITABLE FOR
    Any females who have experienced breast cancer

  • COST
    Free

2015 turned out to be one of the best years of my life which neither I nor my family thought would be the case when the doctor hit me with my diagnosis in August 2014.

I loved the Encore program I did – it most definitely got me out and about and back on track with my fitness. Having completed my treatment by March last year I spent much of the rest of the year working on my health and fitness. I managed to lose the chemo weight (some 16kgs) and have been seeing a PT instructor every week to keep me on track. I am now in better shape than I have been for many years.

This is not, by the way, me blowing my own trumpet but rather, I hope, proof that it is possible for people to turn their life around from a fitness perspective after cancer treatment. When I was at an Encore session last year one of the ladies said that she did not believe it possible to get fitness back after chemo and that got me thinking about whether or not that was true – and it certainly got me thinking that I would like to have a damn good try at proving that for me it wouldn’t be the case.

So now 12 months on I run, cycle and love life with a passion! I did a Pink Tri in Sydney in October as a team and we won our event and had an absolutely tremendous day in a remarkable atmosphere, also raising valuable funds for breast cancer research so it was a win/win situation! I am planning a half marathon in 2016 to keep me focused and on my toes next.

Without Encore I wouldn’t be here now so a big thanks to you all for the amazing work you do and I hope lots of people come through the program.

  • Enrolment form is a fillable pdf. Save to your device, complete and return your form to encore.ywcahunter@bigpond.com or post to YWCA Hunter, Encore program, 24 Dawson St, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 and we’ll be in touch to confirm your place.

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