Sue Ketch has used swimming at Horncastle’s Pool & Fitness Suite to fight her own health battle. In doing so she has inspired generations of her own family to take the swimming plunge.
Sue has a life-long love of swimming and when an illness saw her develop lymphedema she was desperate to get back into the water. And when she did so, the change in her health and wellbeing was transformational.
“I was very lucky as the medical team caught the condition very early. It affected my left arm and causes it to puff up, it can also be painful. However, I just knew in myself that swimming would help me and so I did not stop asking if I could come,” said Sue.
With a tight support covering her arm, which is needed all the time, Sue was given the green light and immediately noticed the benefits. Her time in the water is pain-free and the swelling in her arm is greatly reduced.
“It is as if there is no difference in my arm when compared to my right arm, and that has been noticed at my medical checks. But it is more than that, when I swim I can close off to the world, I can close my eyes and de-stress. It is wonderful therapy and I would advise anyone to do it,” said Sue.
Sue’s 80-year-old dad Roy Ketch is now a regular swimmer at the pool too, along wither her daughter Vicky and grandchildren Faith, aged seven, April, aged four, and 18-month-old Matthew.
“My dad taught me to swim and now I have encouraged him to come back here. We really are a family of swimmers thanks to the pool here in Horncastle,” said Sue.
She also has lots of praise for the fitness suite team: “The staff are absolutely brilliant here and they are a big reason for me coming. There is always a ‘good morning’ said,” added Sue.