IT IS a battle too many women are forced to fight.

One that has rocked families for decades and one that has left too many casu- alties in its wake.

But Gillian Goddard, like many other women, is a survivor.

And after participating in the Encore exercise program she became a facilitator because she saw the value and the benefits in such a program.

Now she wants you to join her. The Encore program is back to the Clarence Valley for another year, and women affected by breast cancer are encouraged to get on board.

Whether you had breast cancer surgery a few months ago or 20 years ago, this gentle exercise program is tailored to suit you.

"Every person suffers cancer differently and reacts differently, which is why this program is about mixing with like-minded people, and people who understand what you're going through," Ms Goddard said.

She said the physical and mental benefits were huge.

"I did it twice as a participant and I got a lot out of it," Ms Goddard said.

"Physically, my body was easier to handle, I was more relaxed and I learnt the exercises that are good for my body after such a major operation.

"I learnt to become less isolated and got out of the house to do things."

She said the life-long friendships that were made through the program were priceless.

"We share our stories and get guest speakers in, talking about related subjects, dieticians, and physios talking about lymphedema, a lingerie representative and more."

The Encore program runs in Grafton from October 10 to November 28, every Thursday from 1-3pm.

Participants must get medical clearance from their doctor and are asked to register as soon as possible as places fill quickly.

Register by phoning 02 9285 6264 or 1800 305 150 or email

Participation is free.


If you are aged 50-74, book your free mammogram on 13 20 50. The breast screen van is at Pound St, Grafton until October 10.

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