"At first when she told me about this I was a little bit hesitant," Elaine told ABCNews.com. "But the more I thought about it, the more I thought Jodi did not ask for this to happen to her. She is representing every woman who had a double mastectomy without reconstructive surgery."
Although given the approval, Jaecks' decision not to swim, she says, comes from the Parks and Recreation department's not recognizing the overall issue.
"I didn't want this to be personal. I thought it was a bigger political issue," Jaecks said. "It's just all about trying to destigmatize cancer and cancer survivors and make people aware of the reality of cancer and in a less abstract way."
But she isn't sure where she will go next with the issue.
"I've been thinking since yesterday what my next step would be," she said. "If I want to approach the parks department personally again to see if I can have a meeting with them to try to sway them to try to make it more of a policy decision instead of just unique to me."
And Seattle Parks and Recreation could possibly be doing just that.
"We'd like to hear from people who have had surgeries and hear what they think might be an appropriate approach and listen to that and possibly shape a policy out of that," Dewey said. "But in the meantime we will look at the policy case by case."