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EMPIRACLE EVIDENCE!!

I just wanted to report that I have seem more improvement in my arms since I started swimming than any amount of time I had at the LE clinic which did nothing for me.

I joined the Y and started out really slow. I had pain issues because of my recon and I originally started swimming to help with the capsular contracture I get from the implants.

Then I noticed my arms started to go down.

One day I had to have an IV in and my arm was pretty big. So I went to the Y and swam my laps and it went down. It was like a miracle.

I have also built up my stamina- that was a surprise. It is a pretty big pool- I think it is an Olympic size, and  in the beginning getting to the other side was a push for me. The other day I got in and did freestyle to the other side, not only was I not winded -  but I realized I didn't take a breath the whole time.

I break up the laps with using a board and I put it out in front of me to get a good stretch and I just kick to the other side. It is a great stretch for under the arms and along the sides of the ribcage.

Normally, by this time in the summer, because of the heat and humidity and my gardening, my arms would be huge- not this year. In fact, someone actually complimented my arms the other day! THAT almost made me cry.

I pay $40 a month to belong to the Y and it is the best thing I ever did for my LE.

Maybe it will help someone else-

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G,
 



Thanks for the inspiring "go for it" message!  I swam before I could talk, and my mother (lifeguard), swore my brother and I were part-reptile, fish, and on her nice days, mermaids and merguys.  I don't remember what a male is called...merman?
Fishboy?  Shark?  Perona?  Carpkid?  Tad-pole...Ethel Merman?   lol. 
 

I have had creepy-crawly premonitions about the water since before my dx with Breast Cancer.  The docs and oncs said it was too risky to expose a compromised immune system to public pools or wild habitats.  There is a new Y in out Town (3 years?). 
 
I am joining tomorrow.  You are an angelic, inspiring woman.  I think you are my savior!  Swimming was like breathing, and when I stop, the peace and joy went with it.  It's the number one (hopefully not #2) activity to improve body strength and resilience without damaging the bones. 
 
My mother ordered her "fishy kids", to ALWAYS shower, sudsy cool, then HOT water,  after swimming;  skin, our largest organ, absorbs everything we subject it to.  By cleaning and showering after a "good swim", it washes off the chlorine, parasites, bacteria, viral or yeast, etc.
 
It always worked for me, but I'm part-Marina-Mer-Indi-Mermaid-maid.  My mother said my older brother and I were reptilian because we both had webbed toes and swam like fishes.  If there was water, we were in it (even swam in mud puddles, lol).  Poor Mom. 
 
Thanks again, dearest Gina.  Love you!  ((((hugs)))).
 
love,
Indi
 
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INDI! Yes!!! Join-
you will see such a difference in your aches and pains-
I always dreamed of being a mermaid when I was a kid.
I would be in the water like you.
Another thing in common!!!




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gina---ariel is my favorite the little mermaid is my favorite animated movie EVER


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That is great news!!  Swimming helps LE!! 

I am so glad that you are feeling better.
I will have to use our pool more often.  My hand has gone down to almost normal since last year's incident with the chemo nurse stabbing me in the LE arm with a Neulasta shot.  My fingers still look kind of stubby, but  I look normal again.  No one can tell the difference.  Only I know, because of the fingers, and I still can't wear my wedding rings on the left hand.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs to you,
Harley

 
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Thanks for sharing this! I don't have it but am one who was told to try and prevent it. Now I wonder if swimming would be a great prevention tactic since it seems to be helping you bring down the swelling? I have a sleeve since I had to fly last year and yes I wore it.


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Hi Harley and Jan,
Yes, it can be preventative because I found out that by slicing through the water it actually acts as a massage of the lymphatic fluid up the arm and on past the shoulder on its way to your waist and the major nodes that get rid of excess fluid.

I am really glad I joined the Y!

I love Ariel too Susan!


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Thanks for the info. Gina. We have a Wellness Center five minutes from where I work. I have been told that it holds two great pools.  Will be checking into it this week or next week.

Thanks again,
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Great thread!  I had a lumpectomy and axillary node disection,38 lymph nodes removed under my right arm, on 8/12/08.  So far, I have had almost no swelling.  I have a 1/4 inch enlargement of my right bisep, that is all.  I started swimming  three weeks post op when my surgeon gave me the go-ahead.  Somehow, I just new it would be therapeutic for me.  I was craving the water.

I too was a water baby and I live in the Florida Keys, on an island, surrounded by water.  I spend most of my free time in and around water.  I try to swim three to four times a week and it feels so good!  No one can tell that my arm was in anyway affected by my BC.

Wonderful to know that what I chose to make my soul feel good, is also helping my arm!
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Nancy Jane, it really is the best for LE.
I have not been able to swim for a couple of weeks because of the surgery- and I can see my arms are visibly larger because of it.
It is so great to have something so enjoyable to use to treat LE.
Hugs to you
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TJ wants to join a gym with a pool. Maybe this is the push I need to go with him.
Thanks for the information!
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