September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Ovarian Cancer, often called “The Silent Killer,” is considered one of the most deadly cancers in women. According to statistics provided by the American Cancer Society, only 20-30 percent of women diagnosed with late stage Ovarian Cancer are alive 5 years later. This means 70-80% of these women died.
So ask yourself, when is the last time you’ve gotten a complete pelvic exam?
Here are some of the things you should be looking for
Signs and Symptoms (http://mfocf.com/about-ovarian-cancer/)
- Vague but persistent and unexplained gastrointestinal complaints such as gas, nausea and indigestion
- Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling an/or pain; bloating and/or feeling of fullness
- Unexplained change in bowel habits
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Frequency and/or urgency of urination
- Ongoing unusual fatigue
- New and unexplained abnormal postmenopausal bleeding
If you are experiencing any of these, make the time to discuss them with your doctor and don’t be afraid to insist on further testing.
Your doctor has lots of patients they have to focus on, you only have one…YOU!!!
Last week I attended The Tiger Blossom foundation’s 2nd Annual Toasting to Teal event to raise awareness and funds.
I draped myself in a #TealPower Hipknoties dress to #SpeakOutForHope and show my support for #ShareItSeptember for Ovarian Cancer Awareness as a reminder to make sure the ladies get all your parts checked 😉 And yes, that is a teal martini.
By the way, Hypknoties is this amazing garment that can be morphed into 30 different outfits/accessories. Go from a skirt to a dress to a scarf or a jacket in a matter of minutes. It’s lightweight, wrinkle free, soft and versatile! Not to mention it comes in a rainbow of colors. It has changed the way I travel and has made the walk of shame a little less embarrassing. This one clothing item makes #30DaysOfTeal an easy wrap 😉
The event was held at Dapur Asian Tapas and Lounge who provided tasty snacks in addition to making a special drink called the “TealTini” There were also various vendors, 50/50 raffles, door prized and chair massages! Entertainment was provided by Gaia Dance-Unity
Natalie Hatjes founder of Tiger Blossom says “We are so honored to be able to partner with The Melanie Finley Ovarian Cancer Foundation and donate a portion of the proceeds to this wonderful foundation. The other portion will go to Tiger Blossom’s Sisterhood of Stripes Program, where we offer monthly workshops to cancer patients and survivors that introduce a healthy lifestyle and promote positive body image. ”
They still have a few items from the silent auction items available through online bidding here: https://www.32auctions.com/toastingtoteal.
But what does any of this have to do with fashion?
Fashion is all about looking good and feeling good both inside and out. Wearing red for heart disease, pink for breast cancer and teal for the lower lady parts, is a simple way to remind women we stand together and to empower them to remember to take care of themselves. It’s a small gesture of unity.
Now what could be more fashionable than that?
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