OCTOBER BREAST SCREENING MONTH
A VERY VERY IMPORTANT STORY TO READ - by Margaret Francis
It is nearly 2 years since I received my letter advising me of my appointment to go for a
mammogram checkup. I duly went along with a friend to the BIG BUS parked near the school across from
the Town Hall. Within 10 minutes of being there I was on my way home. It was very similar to the
several other occasions I had mammograms, but this time, this 10 minutes probably saved my life.
A few days later I had a call to say that they wanted to repeat the mammogram, which they did. At a
follow up appointment with the consultant it was confirmed that, although I could feel nothing, had
no symptoms nor pain and the doctor was unable to detect anything by physical examination, a deep
embedded lump had in fact been identified. Further scans and a biopsy confirmed the presence of a
lump and it was cancerous.
Within a matter of weeks, I had operations and the surgeon successfully removed the lump and several
lymph nodes, of which some had been infected and they wanted to remove the risk of the cancer spreading
elsewhere. Nearly 12 months of chemo and radiotherapy followed, a harrowing time made easier with the
help of family, friends and particularly my friends at Sophia's gym.
I am happy to say that nearly two years after that initial scare I am still very much alive and
So, as time approaches, don't put off that important visit to the BIG BUS - for the sake of ten
minutes, it may save your life - It did mine.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in
women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening
mammogram. Screening mammograms usually involve two x-ray pictures, or images, of each breast. The
x-ray images make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt. Screening mammograms can also find
calcium that sometimes indicates the presence of breast cancer.
The mobile breast screening van will be outside Arboleas School throughout October.
If you are registered on the medical system, you should automatically get an appointment through the
post. If you have not received an appointment, then please contact Danny or Roger at the Town Hall.
Mammograms are offered to all ladies over the age of 55.
with Captain Ovie, fortnightly on Thursdays at 9:30a.m.
Starting Thursday 1st October
Sophia's Weekly Therapists
ANNA BEDFORD - Help Translation Desk - Tuesdays at 4pm. Just come along, appointments not
RAY DANIEL our Sports Therapist offers remedial massages and specialises in injury's and
damage to muscles and joints including sciatica, hip and knee problems
FRED SMITHERS - Acupuncture. Free 10 minute consultations are available by appointment
every Tuesday and Thursday
LOIS - Foot Specialist - Hard Skin, Bunions, Corns, Nail Cutting
CLAUDIA - Luxury Massageshalf hour or 1 hour sessions. Offering Hot Aloe Vera massages,
cranial, neck and shoulder massages and full back massages.
Gill is at Sophia's every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A great nail technician who can offer
shellac, acrylic, manicures and pedicures. Gift Vouchers purchased at Sophia's can be redeemed with
Gill or any of our therapists.
Free Toning Table Trial for Rehabilitation
Michele Dixon specialises in rehabilitation using the toning tables and toning beds. These machines have shown great
improvement to people who have suffered from strokes, heart attacks, hip and knee replacements, MS, muscle and back problems.
Please come along on Tuesday or Thursdays at 11:30am for a consultation or free trial. There's nothing to lose but lots to
Pete Doesn't Go To Sophia's Toning Tables Any More
He started going on them when Sophia's was down at the bottom of Arboleas, a place so small that not
even the tiniest of cats could be swung. He was really poorly, and very immobile, and needed a lot of
help to even get on to the Tables.
He carried on when Sophia's moved up to the top, into their new, enormous and hugely improved Centre,
which could comfortably incorporate the Tables and a fully equipped Gym, and still have space for
studios and treatment rooms.
He worked with Michelle, who supervised him with the eye of an educated eagle. He became firm friends
with all the staff, and built up a great comradeship with the many other clients – using Toning Tables
is very companionable form of exercise.
In fact, he enjoyed himself so much it felt more like a social occasion than a treatment!
So why has he stopped going? Because the treatment was so effective that he regained his independence,
and no longer needs them!
Based on his experience, I suggest that if you too have mobility problems, give them a try – it worked
Sharon Bringloe - Specialist Beautician, Monday 5th October -
Threading of facial hair, Advanced Electrolysis, Skin Peel, Long Lasting Lashes and Microdermabrasion
Laser Hair Removal - Tuesday 6th October
June Hutchinson - Semi Permanent Make Up - Monday 12th October - June will be going away until
January, so please make your appointments for a top up or treatment on 12th October. Have
a great trip June.
Dr Juan - Friday 16th October - Botox, Fillers and cosmetic surgery consultation
Tarot Cards and Hypnotherapy by Karen on Monday 26th October.