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Pattie and TessSecond Act grew from a passion of wanting to ease the challenges faced by individuals living with cancer. The founder, Pattie Cagney Sheehan, lost her father, Jack, to pancreatic cancer when he was only 55 years old. Many years later her mother Tess, then age 80, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Pattie watched both her parents struggle to maintain their dignity while never losing their sense of self, or sense of humor. When Tess died two years later Pattie realized the time had come for her second act; helping cancer survivors face the second act of their lives with self-confidence.

She left behind a 25-year career in advertising and marketing to open Second Act, the only ABC accredited mastectomy boutique in downtown Chicago that offers post-surgery bras, prostheses and wigs in one location. Currently, Second Act's primary focus is on women who have had cancer surgery and/or are experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy treatments.

Second Act offers breast forms and bras to help women who have had a mastectomy, more limited breast conserving surgery or reconstruction. Pattie, a Certified Mastectomy Fitter, and all our specially trained mastectomy fitters, can help you achieve your ideal shape and symmetry whether your surgery was recent or many years ago.

But Second Act is not only for cancer survivors. If you are experiencing hair loss or are looking for a wig or hairpiece for any reason, we will help you select the right solution from our extensive inventory of styles and colors.

Second Act is a special place where individuals facing significant changes in their life due to cancer, can find help and inspiration to look forward to the next act of their lives. Let us help you shape your second act.


Pattie Cagney Sheehan is a Certified Mastectomy Fitter certified by BOC, the Board of Certification/Accreditation International. Second Act is accredited by the ABC, the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, Inc.

A thought leader in cancer surgery aftercare, Pattie has appeared on CBS-2 News "Your Chicago", NBC-5 Morning News, Univision, the NBC podcast "Better Health", Live with Dr. Sandy on Watch312.com, CAN-TV Hotline, BlogTalk Radio's Hope for the Journey, the Healing Circle on happychemo.com, and Milner Broadcasting. She has appeared in Cancer Fighters Thrive, the official publication of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Today's Chicago Woman magazine. She has also been featured on the Campaign for Better Healthcare website, the Chicagoland Chamber and the US Chamber of Commerce websites.

Second Act is a partner in A Silver Lining Foundation's Chicagoland Cancer Information Coalition (CCIC) and Pattie was an honorary chair of the ASLF 2011 Gala. She is also on the Board of ALAS, the Latina Association for Breast Cancer; is a member of AABCP, the American Association of Breast Care Professionals; is a volunteer mastectomy fitter for the American Cancer Society at Chicago's Stroger Cook County Hospital, and is one of only a handful of individuals in the Midwest trained to fit Radiant Impressions custom breast prostheses.

Second Act was a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2009, 2010, 2011, was named a 2010 Small Business Blue Ribbon winner by the US Chamber of Commerce and New Venture of the Year 2009 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago chapter.

An accomplished speaker, Pattie has been a panelist and moderator at the Illinois Women's Diversity Conference, Business Network Chicago and the American Business Women's Association. She won the 2010 City of Chicago "Elevator Speech" contest and was a panelist at the City of Chicago Small Business Expo. Pattie is a member of the American Cancer Society Health Initiatives committee, the Professional Women's Club of Chicago, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. She has spoken to a range of businesses and non-profit groups and is available to meet with and/or speak to groups of any size.