SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle breast cancer survivor whose breasts were surgically removed has gained the permission to swim topless at a city pool.
But Jodi Jaecks wants to make sure her privilege is also extended to other breast cancer survivors who want to swim comfortably.
"Initially when I heard about the reversal, I was elated. Then it came that it wasn't a policy change, it was just an exception for me. Then I was quite deflated. It seemed like it was a reaction that it was just meant to appease me," the 47-year-old said Thursday.
Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams announced Wednesday that he was giving Jaecks an exception to the department's clothing policy.
"Our original concern stems from our responsibility to accommodate the needs of all our patrons. In this case, I see nothing that might alarm the public," Williams said in a statement. He was reacting to an article about Jaecks that was published in The Stranger weekly newspaper, which also ran a picture of her topless.
Parks spokeswoman Dewey Potter said Thursday that Williams has decided to create a committee made up of cancer survivors, parks staff, King County health representatives and others to come up with a new policy.
Until a new policy is written, Williams will review on a case-by-case basis requests from people who have had surgery and want to swim.