A Deal for Teal

A Deal for Teal

We are pleased to announce another special deal happening right now over at Lee’s Hope Jewelry



BEAUTIFUL one of a kind art to wear creations that give back!
Each purchase benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!


Feel Teal Twibbon 2016


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.


When done, be sure to RETWEET and share share share!

From a whisper to a roar….ovarian cancer SILENT NO MORE!6b71d668bae4

Titan News

Whenever one of our Titan’s has information worth telling the rest of the world we are more than happy to share with our readers.
Sarah Weighknecht has recently become involved with a very exciting new company which not only offers great products and service but gives you the opportunity of joining their team!
IT WORKS shares an amazing Weight Loss programme designed to give you results using  their “system”. With 3 easy to follow steps you will be provided with the necessary resources and products to assist in achieving the goals you seek. Download the SYSTEM

But its not just about weight loss as IT WORKS also have a range of Skin, Hair and Nail care products along with Organic greens and Supplements to assist your dietary needs and requirements.
Each product is completely “natural”, a bonus plus for everyone!

IT WORKS is a Global business offering service and deliveries just about anywhere.

As a new Distributor for IT WORKS, Sarah is inviting our readers to check out her website for further information about each product and is more than happy to answer and of  your questions. wrapswithsarahwf.myitworks.com
This could be the business opportunity you were looking for to earn those extra $$$!



Age and ovarian cancer

female_symbol_color_colour_dark_turquoiseOvarian 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 median age 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 women and even adolescent girls to 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.


For further reading please view these links:


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

Bandtastik just brilliant!

It’s always so refreshing when we hear of others achieving personal goals whilst supporting the public, and thanks to a recent Facebook post we knew this was something worth sharing with our readers!
Two ladies, two long-time friends… both living through their own health ordeals and both with a vision.
Introducing  Lesley Foreman and Jami Weiman-Your Bwell 11 Team
“We have been through extensive surgeries and medical treatments and have experienced firsthand the issues that so many women undergoing treatment have to face. For me it has been a challenging battle with ovarian cancer and Jami has lived with Crohn’s disease for over 35 years.”
“We decided it was time to use our collective experience to help women like us to feel stylish, comfortable and confident. From that goal, Bwell 11 and our Coverage You Control philosophy were born”.

It’s not just how you are feeling, but how you look- both play a huge role when trying to cope during any kind of illness… this new swimwear is designed to give back added coverage & confidence so we welcome these ladies and have to say,  they’re more than brilliant, they are simply Bandtastik!

For Immediate Release



CHICAGO, IL (July 16, 2015) – Two Chicago-area women battling serious illness have used their experiences as inspiration, creating a new product that helps women living with the marks of medical treatment cover those areas and gain confidence about their appearance. The new product, Bandtastik, is a versatile accessory that can be worn in many ways to cover chest ports, surgical scars, pumps, pouches or other visible effects of ongoing or past medical treatment. The Bandtastik product is available for purchase as of July 2015.

Creators Lesley Foreman and Jami Weiman have been close friends since they met at the age of 11 at junior high school in Wilmette, IL. Their own battles with ovarian cancer and Crohn’s disease were the impetus for creating the company Bwell 11™ with a mission of helping women feel comfortable, confident and stylish.

The Bandtastik is the first in a line of products representing their “Coverage You Can Control” philosophy. Weiman describe their Bandtastik creation as “a chic swimwear separate that covers and controls areas that make you feel uncomfortable while allowing you to show off whatever you want.” The Bandtastik is designed for versatility and can be worn around the shoulder, bust, waist, neck or hips. Some of the Bandtastik coverage options include:
Worn over one shoulder to cover a chest port or pump
Stretched over the bust, following lumpectomy or mastectomy
Draped around the neck to cover a surgical scar or port

Foreman, A Northbrook Psychotherapist, was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in October 2013. She underwent major surgery during Chicago’s brutal “polar vortex” winter. “I was so thin and it was so bitterly cold,” Foreman says. “I kept telling myself ‘I will survive this and I will be walking on a white sandy beach when I get better.’” Eight months later – after recovering from surgery and chemotherapy – she got her beach vacation, but felt incredibly vulnerable. “I had this giant port on the upper right side of my chest and just wanted to hide it, but I couldn’t.” After returning to Chicago, she and Weiman decided to focus on creating a product that could help women like them feel covered, confident and in control of their appearance.

The first of their designs, the Bandtastik is made of swimwear fabric and is locally manufactured. Bandtastik is available in six patterns and in three sizes. Bandtastik can be ordered through the bwell11.com website; each Bandtastik is $40. Bwell 11’s second creation, the Bandiva™, was conceived as a stylish head wrap. The Bandiva will be available for purchase in August 2015.

About Bwell 11, LLC
Bwell 11, LLC is an Illinois company built on the philosophy of “Coverage You Can Control.” Long-time friends Lesley Foreman and Jami Weiman founded Bwell 11 in 2014 to create products for women who have experienced serious illness. The company name, Bwell 11, celebrates both the age at which Foreman and Weiman first met (11) and their wish that they and others “be well.” Bwell 11 designs and markets chic, stylish swimwear separates that cover and conceal. The company’s first two products to market, Bandtastik and Bandiva, give you the freedom and confidence to control what you want to show off.

Media contact: Lesley Foreman
Cell phone: 847-347-1132
Email: lesley@bwell11.com

We can now!

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”.oc awareness 2

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!

Hysterectomies and Morcellators

What is a Power Morcellator? A device used in hysterectomies to cut tissue into small pieces to be removed from the body. However, uterine cancers sometimes go undetected prior to the procedure. In these cases, the morcellator dices up and spreads unsuspected cancer inside the woman’s body.

Hysterectomy is the 2nd most common surgery among women in the United States

By age 70, one out of three American women will have had a hysterectomy

90% of these surgeries are done to remove Fibroids (non-cancerous tumors found in the uterus)

The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months

Only 15% of women who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years

Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.


Further reading: http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/safety/alertsandnotices/ucm393576.htmP1-BP784_CANCER_G_20140411230202