Life Dances On
was founded by Sue Ellen.
After her second diagnosis of breast cancer, she had a double mastectomy
with an abdominal tram flap reconstruction.
An avid dancer, she was dismayed at the toll the surgery took on her
strength, flexibility and balance. With her
husband Mark’s support and assistance, she worked her way back to the dancing
they both loved. During this time
they realized that, while there were a number of therapies available for the
cancer survivor, there was very little most husbands could do to assist in the
wife’s recovery. Life Dances On
was born to give couples a chance to reconnect after the shock and pain of the
cancer diagnosis and treatment.
"You can be depressed or you can
dance - You can't do both." - Jackie Walls, dance instructor/dance school owner in
Dance had been a hobby of hers for several years, but it became a critical
component of her rehabilitation in February of 2006. Her goal was to
perform before an audience before the year's end, and through long hours of
physical therapy and personal training she achieved that goal.
"In order to continue dancing while I was physically fragile, my dance
instructors and I had to modify the traditional lead and follow techniques of
ballroom dancing. I hope to share the love of dance with other survivors,
to give couples a hobby they can share in a supportive and understanding