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Cancer, Caregivers, and Comedy: Two Chicago Women Bring Their Story of Survival to New York

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 12, 2015

BeeFAB Productions, a Chicago-based theater company, is bringing its new show, “Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer,” to Chelsea’s Magnet Theater for its New York debut on Monday, May 4, 2015.

Written and performed by Judy Fabjance and Kelly Beeman, “Tales” is a collection of satire, comedy, and touching stories about the brutal strength of newlyweds facing the daily grim realities of The Big C – softened by the humor of the unexpected bittersweet revelations.

“Anyone who has been affected by cancer in any way will relate to this show,” says Fabjance. “We’ve had doctors and nurses come to our show and tell us that they now have a better understanding of what their patients go through.”

When Fabjance produced her first one-woman show, “Are You There, Judy? It’s me, Cancer” in 2011, she was already a three-year survivor after a right mastectomy. Last year she married Beeman, who became her primary caretaker.

Beeman calls “Tales” a love story. “So many people feel like they are trapped in this depressing, scary story. We want to help them find the humor, find the lighter side; find the release.”

Through sketches, songs, and monologues, Beeman and Fabjance tackle everything from restrictive diets to their sex life to the questionable motives of cancer’s so-called “Big Pink” industry.

Their satirical perspective is rooted in their training at the Chicago’s Second City Conservatory, where Fabiance has been an instructor since 1999, where she worked and studied with Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, and many other comedic luminaries who have supported Fabjance through every step of her arduous journey. Colbert even provided an autographed book for a silent auction as a fundraiser for the cause, listing the book’s actual value as “priceless.”

Beeman writes and performs in training sketches for Lambda Legal, Personal Pac, and Motorola, where she also has a day job as a reliability engineer.

Monday, May 4th

Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer

Magnet Theater :

254 West 29th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)

Box Office (212) 244-8824

Showtime: 8:30PM

Tickets: $ 7

For more information contact:

Judy Fabjance / 773-988-2289 / gfabjance(at)gmail(dot)com /

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The Aspen Club on Actively Aging: Telling a New Story on Aging

Aspen, Colorado (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

As the great passage beyond midlife gathers drive and scale, millions are looking for deeper meaning, more substantial roles and connections that span the generations – asking the question – how do I live a life that still matters? As The Aspen Club prepares for its 10th round of Younger Next Year Total Immersion Retreat, answers to these types of questions are revealed. This program boasts unbelievable results and jump-starts a healthier life. A new round of studies indicates that exercise combined with a balanced, as opposed to trendy, diet can actually work to reverse the aging process, allowing people to remain healthy and active well into their 70s and 80s.

Dr. Henry Lodge, one of the leading proponents of this theory, has written extensively on how the body is in a constant state of decay and repair. As the body ages the chemical responsible for decay works faster than the chemical responsible for regeneration. Exercise reverses that equation and allows the body to repair itself at a faster rate, which Dr. Lodge says can help slow down and even reverse the aging process.

There is mounting evidence that exercise can reduce the risk of certain diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis. In fact, numerous studies have shown that diet and exercise can also help ward off cognitive problems and memory loss, while improving sleep and boosting mood and self-confidence.

Unfortunately, Americans have been getting more and more sedentary over the years while turning to quick fixes like juice diets to make up for it. To fight this tendency, Chris Crowley, who, along with Dr. Lodge is the author of the best-selling book Younger Next Year, suggests making exercise a part of a daily routine, something that is up there with brushing teeth and combing hair.

If will power alone is not enough to get you there, Crowley and The Aspen Club team of experts are holding a Younger Next Year Total Immersion Week in May and September of this year. The program is aimed at busy professionals who do not have the time to set up a program on their own. It is the sort of quick fix that actually has long-lasting benefits as the program trains participants on how to incorporate the concepts of Younger Next Year into their everyday lives.

“They give you everything you need to be successful at home,” notes Jill Belconis, a Chicago area CEO, who attended last year. “Aspen is such a beautiful setting too,” she notes, “which really fit in with the theme that this is not just about extending your life but enjoying it too. The healthier you are, the more you can enjoy the rest of your life.”

The Aspen Club is currently accepting reservations for the 2015 Younger Next Year Immersion Retreats, May 10 – 14 and September 27 – October 1.

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