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YWCA Encore

When:

Tue 5 Nov 2013, 5:30pm–7:30pm
Tue 12 Nov 2013, 5:30pm–7:30pm
Tue 19 Nov 2013, 5:30pm–7:30pm
Tue 26 Nov 2013, 5:30pm–7:30pm
Tue 3 Dec 2013, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Molly Ryan Lifestyle Village, 269 Mangorei Rd, Merrilands, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

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Holding up those who are healing – helping breast cancer survivors through support and exercise.

For women who have experienced breast cancer, the associated physical effects can be extremely challenging. Side effects from surgery can include physical discomfort, immobility and emotional vulnerability, leaving survivors feeling uncomfortable and lacking in confidence.

Part of YWCA’s work empowering women of all ages involves providing support and empowerment to women who are experiencing or have experienced breast cancer.
Since 2005, the YWCA Auckland has facilitated a free exercise programme called Encore, designed specifically for breast cancer survivors to help them combat the physical effects and aid in their recovery.

Encore is an eight week programme that uses gentle exercise and healthy lifestyle information to increase strength, flexibility and blood flow and reduce the effects of lymphoedema (painful swelling), that some women experience following treatment. The programme will work to relieve these problems through gentle floor exercises, breathing exercises, stretching and water-based exercises. The programme has been proven to have benefits for all women who have undergone surgery, be it 10 weeks or 10 years ago.

The programme also provides a fun and positive environment for women to find peer support and enjoyment during any stage of their recovery. This gives survivors a chance to connect with others who have endured a similar experience. Beyond that, it helps them to regain a sense of self.

YWCA Encore is delivered by local facilitators around the country, many of whom are breast cancer survivors and past participants of Encore. All facilitators are trained and supported by YWCA Auckland and funding has come from The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as from the New Plymouth District Council.

Every woman who has gone through Encore recommends it. Winnie Laban, one such participant, says “I just think Encore’s a fantastic programme, I would recommend it for anyone. It was an opportunity for me to be with other women who were breast cancer survivors, and I looked forward to going each week.”

Shona Lee, the facilitator of the New Plymouth YWCA Encore programme, is a physiotherapist with the Taranaki DHB. She says that the programme is fantastic because it responds to what research studies have shown and is constantly improving and becoming even more effective in terms of exercises that increase participants’ range of movement. Not only that, “the group part of it increases a person’s confidence and self-esteem and gives them a sense of community.”

Whether you’ve just had your surgery or are years down the road from recovery, YWCA Encore is a place for support and healing. The next programme in New Plymouth starts on the 15th of October at Molly Ryan Lifestyle Village in Merrilands.

The programme is free to all women who have had breast cancer treatment, however registrations are essential, as medical approval is required. Visit www.akywca.org.nz for more information and enrolment forms or contact Shona Lee on shona.lee@vodafone.co.nz or 021 02927976 / 06 7513136.

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