WHEN Michele Meagher underwent radiation therapy for breast cancer last year, fatigue set in.
At one point, Mrs Meagher said she struggled to get through each day and so when an occupational therapist suggested she try an exercise program tailored for people recovering from breast cancer, she jumped at the chance.
Now being offered in Cockburn, Mrs Meagher said she encouraged anyone going through a similar situation to try the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Encore program.
“I was incredibly tired and wondered what I was going to do to get myself back into a state to be able to live my life,” she said. “Being in that group was just so energising, you get to talk to other women who are going through the same process and you realise you are not in it alone.
“We all bond well and the exercises, particularly the water exercises, are so beneficial.”
The eight-week gentle exercise program starts in Bibra Lake next month and is offered free of charge to women who are recovering from breast cancer surgery.
WA Encore co-ordinator Janine Parker said the program combined gentle land and water exercise in a supportive environment.
“The exercise has been designed to increase flexibility, and help reduce the effects of lymphoedema,” she said.