Posts Tagged ‘Breast cancer’

By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

October 24 and 25, 2015, Working Well Massage will be providing free chair massages inside the Cube at Old Orchard Mall in front of Macy’s curtesy of NorthShore Health  System from 2pm-5pm.

Andrew from Working Well Massage stands ready to give massages!

Andrew from Working Well Massage stands ready to give massages!



Check out the helpful tips about breast cancer awareness!


On 10-3-15 WWM worked alongside talented make up artists from Nordstrom who were giving free makeovers! Today and tomorrow (10-24 and 10-25) there will be free face painting as well as snacks and free massages!


Free makeovers on our last visit to the Cube on 10-31-5

Free makeovers on our last visit to the Cube on 10-31-5

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

The Big C (TV series)

The Big C (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently I noticed that I had a new blog follower, The Editor, aka Marie Ennis O’Connor, who writes Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer. As I am a big fan of health-related blogs and the show  The Big C, I checked out her blog and found an amazing treasure-house of wisdom, compassion and support for cancer survivors, friend and families.

Her My Story page made me think of the wellness aspect of cancer and of all serious illnesses. Ms. O’Connor talks about how support is needed long after the cancer is gone. People often do not realize that long after we lose a loved one, the funeral is over or people have beat an illness or recovered from an injury or trauma, there can be lasting psychological effects. I recall a friend telling me years ago that she needed more support many months later after her father died, not just during the funeral. People did not want to talk to her about her father’s death, however. It made them uncomfortable and many did not understand her pain and grief many months afterwards. Luckily she had a few close friends that had lost parents to and she could share and find support with them.

Social support is an important part of stress management. Having people we can turn to when we are having a hard time is important to our well-being. The blogosphere is one way that survivors can share and find social support among people who have similar experiences. If you have had breast cancer or know someone who has, read her blog. it can inspire you and may comfort you. And maybe even give you a new social support network.

Check out these posts from Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer:

• A great post about the social hierarchy of suffering,Is there a hierarchy among cancer survivors?
• Go to this link for a collection of great blog posts about the Psychology of Cancer.

• Go to this link for a a great guest post about one woman’s story and the importance of early detection and being assertive with medical personnel.

And check out Showtime’s The Big C if you want to watch a somewhat humorous take on a woman going through her own fictionalized story of cancer.

Note: I do not get any advertizing dollars or any other compensation from Showtime for plugging the show, The Big C. If I did I could likely retire. I just like the show and I think watching it gives people insight into some of the issues cancer survivors struggle with.

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By Sue Shekut, Licensed Massage Therapist, ACSM Personal Trainer, Certified Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

Pharmaceutical drugs are often discovered by accident. One drug test may be going on where a chemical combination is used to treat one condition then in trails  it’s found that the drug also treats other unrelated symptoms or diseases. Some of the major antipsychotic meds, like thorazine, were discovered when scientists were trying to treat allergies and found that people taking an allergy medicine had clearer thought patterns. Now a drug designed to help those with Osteoprerosis has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer!

Chris Maynard from Spine-Health.com has written about a new study that shows that shows that osteoporosis medications may reduce the risk of breast cancer. According to the study, woman that took biphosphonates were 32% less likely to develop invasive breast cancer.

Read the excerpt from Maynard’s article in Spine Health for more info:

Women who took bisphosphonates were less likely to develop invasive breast cancer than women who did not take these bone-strengthening drugs, according to a recent analysis of participants in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) program.

As recently presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium,  there was on average 32 percent fewer invasive breast cancers in those women who used bisphosphonates as opposed to women who did not use these medications.

According to researchers in the recent observational study, bisphosphonates may contribute to fewer breast cancers as a result of discouraging the formation of blood vessels, which tumors grow on.

Read the entire article at Spine-health here.

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