Friday, February 13, 2009

Ovarian Cancer


Once again the Big C has hit a loved one and this time I feel so helpless. When my aunt was diagnosed with Breast Cancer she told us about it, she told us about the options available, she told us about the decision she made, and she didn’t shut us completely out. Now what she didn’t tell us about was her Lung Cancer. I like to believe that she didn't tell us because she thought we would not be able to handle it and not that she couldn't. On the up and up we would have been able to handle that we are a strong family…We can do anything…at least that is what we tell ourselves.

Now it has been a little over a year heading towards two that I have lost my aunt to cancer and Wednesday I was hit with more bad news. My cousin, my bestfriend, the person who shared baths and Barbie dolls, birthday parties and secrets, proms and graduations, Saturday nights were on lock with us going to the "Black Hole" to see R.E., we talked babies, baby showers, wedding plans, and more baby showers...This is the same chick I took my first drink with, shared those light night/early morning calls when we drafted apart a little. The day she got married I stood by her side as we have always planned and if she is not cured who will stand on my left. I swear I can handle the news, but what I can't handle is being shut out, having a feeling of helplessness when I know you are going through and there is nothing I can do for you.

Is there anyone out there who can give me advice on how to support a love one who has slipped into depression? Any information on support for the family & friends?

Let me do my part and post what I have learned about Ovarian Cancer in the last two days.

Ovarian cancer is the 7th most common cancer in among women in the U.S. It is the 5th leading cause deaths in women. Less than one-third of ovarian cancers are detected before it has spread outside of the ovaries which is why symptoms comes when the cancer has reached a later stage.

Majority of ovarian cancer is diagnosed at a late stage…after the cancers have spread. According to National Institutes of Cancer (NCI) 20% of woman are diagnosed early. Despite what many think there is no particular screening to test for ovarian cancer; sometimes regular pelvic exams supplemented by ultrasounds or blood tests for cancer related markers have been used to detect ovarian cancer.
Medicnenet.com posted that June 2007, the American Cancer Society, Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists released a consensus statement about early symptoms of ovarian cancer. This statement was based on research suggesting that some of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer can be recognized, some early symptoms include the following:
BLOATING
PELVIC OR ABDOMINAL PAIN
URGENT OR FREQUENT URINATION
DIFFICULTY EATING OR FEELING FULL VERY QUICKLY

If you are having any of these symptoms I encourage you to please get checked. You may want to say it is the cause of this, that, and the other but it’s not…YOU WILL NOT KNOW WHAT IT’S FROM UNTIL YOU VISIT YOU PCP OR GYN.

I ask that you all pray for my cousin, I ask that you keep yourself in a healthy state, and I ask that you pick up where I’m leaving off and post more information, email, text your love ones, and raise awareness.

STAY HEALTHY!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Heart of the Matter!


Many of you have seen the Red Dress pins or icons; many may wonder what it is about. Well today you will know all about it. The Red Dress represents awareness that women are at risk for heart disease and to motivate women to take action to reduce their risk. Again why the red dress, well it tested well among women that believe that the icon has the ability to get attention, let the world know that it is not only a man’s issue, and to stress the seriousness of heart disease.
The Heart Truth is a national campaign for woman that raises awareness about heart disease and provides information to help as take action. The Heart Truth is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and was created because of the recommendation of more than 70 experts in women’s health.
While doing their research it was revealed that most women underestimate their personal risk and do not fully understand the results that this disease takes on the person affected and their family. Heart disease primary target are women ages 40 to 60; however, it is never too early to take precautions and/or to prevent heart disease.
The Red Dress, the centerpiece of The Heart Truth, is a red alert that inspires women to take action to protect their heart health. The primary message driving The Heart Truth campaign is: "Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear—It's the #1 Killer of Women."
Are you wearing RED!
The Heart Truth introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness at the campaigns launch in 2002.
To show support for women and heart disease and to promote the Red Dress, the first Friday in February, both women and men, across the country to unite in this movement and to keep all informed, especially women, about heart disease. So show your support by wearing your favorite red dress, shirt, tie, or the RED DRESS PIN!
The Heart Truth introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness at the campaign's launch in 2002.

www.nhlbi.nih.gov