New promotion “Lady Balls” by Ovarian Cancer Canada.
Editor’s note: This article was first published in January 2016. Because of the topic and the author’s current update, it’s important to raise continued support.
It is estimated that 2,800 Canadian women will be diagnosed with this disease this year. I have the lady balls to talk about it – do you?
Ovarian Cancer scares me. It has for many many years.
If diagnosed at a later stage, it’s one of the most fatal forms of cancer, with a mortality rate that gives 50% to 62% of women five years of life expectancy by the time they are diagnosed.
With the new promotion called “Lady Balls” I have new incite into what the disease is. Awareness brings strength, and I am fighting it. The only way to change the conversation is to use a slogan that could be heard above all other campaigns, so the Canadian team decided to focus on strength rather than weakness, attaching the “lady balls” tagline to all creatives.
You see my mother died from Ovarian cancer when she was .. 72 yrs old. About 10% of cases are related to inherited genetic risk; women with mutations in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 have about a 50% chance of developing the disease. So I or my daughter, or my sister may be at risk because my mother died from Ovarian cancer .
Have the Lady balls to do something about Ovarian Cancer.
Ovarian cancer is a cancer that begins in an ovary, it results in abnormal cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body.
When this process begins, symptoms may be vague or not apparent, but they become more noticeable as the cancer progresses. -From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Here’s what you need to know about Ovarian cancer
- Ovarian cancer is extremely hard to detect
- It’s a disease that kills 5 Canadian women every day
- Ovarian cancer is the most fatal women’s cancer in
- Canada, yet there is no reliable test for this disease.
The outcomes have not changed in the past 50 years!
Treatment of Ovarian
No effective Ovarian cancer screening methods currently exists. Some groups recommend trans-vaginal ultrasound, blood tests for the antigen CA-125, and clinical examinations for ovarian cancer screening in women with harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, but none of these methods appears to detect ovarian tumors at an early enough stage to reduce the risk of dying from ovarian cancer.
A harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation can be inherited from a person’s mother or father. Each child of a parent who carries a mutation in one of these genes has a 50 percent chance (or 1 chance in 2) of inheriting the mutation.
My Mother’ story
My mother experienced a bloated stomach, so she went to the Dr. who sent her for some tests. I do remember it was in the summer, because my husband and I were talking the kids to a Beach boys concert. I called her from a noisy phone in the lobby.
She told me it was positive, she had cancer. The bottom of my world dropped out…. what could I say? I always associate the Beach boys now with this terrible news.
Mom bought a silver wig, as the chemo had her caused her hair follow out. I remember she was such fun, picking it out at the wig shop, with my sister. We loved to laugh together, having the same sense of humour.
LATER – The chemo was so horrible, she was sick and couldn’t eat. I never went with her for her treatments, she always went on her own. I think in the end, my sister took her when she couldn’t drive herself.
She was in a drug trial for a new drug called “Taxol”. I saw it on the Canadian Ovarian Cancer site, many years later. She was very hopeful for this new drug trial, but in the end it could not help her.
She was at home and not in to much pain at the start. After a while the visiting nurses were giving her Morphine in a drip bag that she could control for the pain. We talked about everything. I was able to spend all my time with her. I had taken time from my job to be with her.
It was Mother’s Day, a warm spring and she wanted to go outside in her wheelchair and see the flowers. I think this was a Mother’s Day gift to us. She talked about her life and her family all that was important to her.
Two days later she died in the early morning in my arms. It felt very spiritual for me. I went and woke everyone with the news that Mom was gone. Is there any more sad news than that for a family? It happens all the time. She was my best friend as well as my Mother. I miss her still, it has been 23 yrs ago now that she passed away.
Have the ladyballs to do something about it. Learn more about your reproductive health and risk factors for ovarian cancer. Find out more here… or a sister site in the USA.
A woman’s ovary made each of us. Ovaries can give life, but ovarian cancer can take it all away. It’s a reality that thousands of newly diagnosed women across Canada and the USA live with every day.
To your good health,
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