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SEATTLE, WA. (CNN) - A Seattle woman fought the city for the right to swim topless.  At first their answer was no.  Coming up, what changed their minds.  

A Seattle cancer survivor who was told she couldn't swim in a city pool is making her case public.  The woman wanted to swim in an unconventional way.  But the city feared it might be offensive.
In a city as progressive as seattle is.

"My head's reeling a little bit."
Jodi jaecks never thought her desire to go swimming.  Would make such a splash.
"It's not my style, you know, to make big waves. But this is much bigger."
It would be one thing if it was a style choice for her to want to swim in public topless.
It''s a whole other thing when you realize it's because of this.
"I found it on a self breast exam."

Jaecks survived breast cancer last year and chose to have a double mastectomy, both breasts removed over the fear the cancer could come back.

Being active was always a part of life.  Remaining active was crucial to recovery.

Someone suggested a public pool in the central district as a way for her to heal.  But for jaecks a full bathing suit would bring intense pain as her body recovered.

She told the parks staff she would like to swim topless.  She no longer had breasts, nothing to shield.
The response, she would still have to dress accordingly and cover up.
"If I called myself and man and walked into that pool they would have no problem with my body, but if I am a woman who's had breast cancer with the exact same body and I go in there then it was offensive or in appropriate."

A photo of her post cancer body appeared in the stranger which broke the story, a story that now has the city reversing its course...saying she'll be able to swim topless if she wants to.

But all others will be on a case-by-case basis.

"The city, it's a bureaucracy, but I don't think it's in keeping with what most people think of the progressive politics of Seattle."

Right now, Jaecks is only allowed to swim topless during adult lap swimming sessions.

She plans to fight to get that policy changed as well.

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