I cannot emphasise enough the importance of “awareness” when it comes to informing the public about ovarian cancer.
As an advocate/campaigner, I’ve spent the past 16 years attempting various methods of communicating this crucial information and have witnessed great movement during the years within the community, all proudly displaying their TEAL support.
Now for those of you who may be unfamiliar with the colour TEAL, please allow me to make things clearer.
Globally we know to “Think Pink” for Breast cancer and there’s a constant source of funding flowing as a result- For Ovarian cancer to achieve the same status, “Feel Teal” came into existence.
It’s that simple.
But what can you do to help? That too is simple.
The Feel Teal Club invites you to add a Twibbon to your Twitter profile, showing your support for this cause.
A big part of my life involves raising awareness to Ovarian Cancer, the disease which claimed my mother’s life in 2000.
Along my “awareness” road I have encountered others much like me, doing their bit to ensure the female population know the signs & warnings of this dreadful cancer.
One such person is my sweet friend, Sarah Schlichter Weighknech.
Sarah lost her beautiful sister Lee, to Ovarian Cancer almost seven years ago and to this day spends time doing what her sister loved the most…creating jewelry.
Lee’s Hope Jewelry creates unique designs for every lady, every day with a percentage of each sale contributed to Ovarian Cancer networks as their gift of support.
Which design will YOU choose?
Right now all mismatched earrings are on sale at a low crazy price of $25.
Show off your stylish jewelry while showing your support! FEEL TEAL FOR OVARIAN CANCER
Sun Moon & Stars by JM Bishop
Teal mis-matched earrings
To order all that is required is an email to receive your Paypal invoice.
Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovaries. Women are born with two ovaries, one on each side of the uterus. A woman’s ovaries are small, about the size of an almond. Though small, they’re responsible for many reproductive functions.
Ovarian cancer can be very difficult to detect and diagnose. Many of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are similar to symptoms caused by much less serious problems, including indigestion and bloating. Because the ovaries are deep within the pelvis, there often are neither signs nor symptoms of early ovarian cancer. Some cases of ovarian cancer will not be diagnosed until the cancer has spread to a woman’s abdomen or elsewhere within the pelvis. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer that has progressed this far is very difficult to treat. While the cancer remains confined to the ovaries, doctors have an easier chance of treating it. Advanced stages of ovarian cancer are frequently fatal.
Ovarian cancer occurs most frequently in older women. Ovarian cancer rates are highest in women aged 55-64 years. The medianage at which women are diagnosed is 63, meaning that half of women are younger than 63 when diagnosed with ovarian cancer and half are older. Ovarian cancer is rare in women younger than 40. However, it’s also possible for younger womenand even adolescent girlsto be diagnosed with a type of ovarian cancer. According to research many cases in younger women have germ cell tumors, which is a different type of tumor from [the more common] epithelial tumor.
All women are at risk of ovarian cancer Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage. Many women mistakenly believe the cervical smear test (Pap test) will detect ovarian cancer
Many of us share a bundle of emotions when discussing ovarian cancer-
Many of us feel angry, many of us feel like we were “ripped off”….we hurt because we either feel more could have been done, or possibly because we believe we lacked the right information and support.
Like me, many struggle with the fact they had little time to find answers…there just didn’t seem to be anyone with the answers we were looking for and when we began the search, there seemed little anyone could do.
We feel our anger “justified”, mainly because WE were never told about ovarian cancer.And when this disease takes our loved-one from us, the anguish leads to “blame”. Why didn’t that doctor know? Why didn’t they do more? Why didn’t “I” do more?
And on and on it goes…..until we hear of others like us….others going through the same thing, the same pain the same suffering.
Others who had also felt “in the dark” when it came to this cancer and all asking the same question: “What IS ovarian cancer?”
Years later, and we still have much that needs to be done in ensuring this cancer receives more exposure but we have made progress and we will continue to do so!
The best plan of action next to a cure, is prevention, and the best weapon we have in this battle is “awareness”.
So…whenever we feel frustrated or angry that WE never knew, well…we know NOW.
Every time we wish WE could have done something…well, we can NOW.
You and I are now equipped with enough valuable information & resources to arm and protect others just like us and by doing so, enables THEM to pass it along.
I had made a promise….that no other woman would die in vain, and by spreading awareness I believe Ive kept that vow.
From a whisper to a roar….ovarian cancer, silent NO MORE!
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month right across the United States and from what I have been reading appears to be gearing up to something very special! For those like the Feel Teal Club, it is another golden opportunity to utilize the time for events and ideas which support this cause. This year, we wanted to lift the spirits of those who truly deserve it….those amazing “warriors” who are endeavoring to win their fight with the disease, as well as those many wonderful supporters who “have their back”. Every case, every diagnosis and every person is different….but we all come together as “one” when wanting to help those less fortunate and it can be something as simple as making them smile. Throughout September we will be asking the public to “Get Happy” by sharing a photo or video with us which will then be included in our upcoming “awareness” video!
We hope to see plenty of submissions of “happy faces” and/or “happy feet” and look forward to sharing the final edit! So what are you waiting for?? Whether you are a Survivor or a Supporter we hope you will join in this fun project which is all part of our ongoing commitment to raising awareness.
Since the day ovarian cancer made itself known in my world, I have devoted much of my time to the act of spreading “awareness”.
Fourteen years on, and the work continues in hope that more females know enough to pay attention to their own bodies whilst passing the information on to other females in their lives.
We owe it to one and other to be informed and to be advocates for others!
From a whisper to A ROAR….Ovarian cancer, silent no more!