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It’s September. This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I lost my best friend to ovarian cancer several years ago – so this is a BIG DEAL for me. (I’ve blogged about it – Experiencing Ovarian Cancer – as part of my #reallife posting series.)
The world is overcome by pink ribbons. And breast cancer is a scary thing and worthy of promoting awareness. I’ve had dear friends and relatives who have battled breast cancer, so I’d never say it’s not an important thing to promote. It is.
But, I want to see the world literally STORMED with teal ribbons this month! Why?
Ovarian cancer accounts for approximately three percent of cancers in women.
While the 11th most common cancer among women, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. (taken from Ovarian Cancer National Alliance)
Those are some scary statistics. We need to spread the word about this cancer! Let’s do that TOGETHER! I’m asking YOU to help!
5 Simple Ways to Participate in the Teal Takeover
#1 – Do Something to Honor the Life (or Memory of) Someone Who Has Experienced Ovarian Cancer
After I lost Sue, dear friends sent me a lilac bush to plant in her memory. That bush is very special to me. When it blooms each spring, I’m reminded that God is in control. You can honor the life or memory of a friend or loved on in many different ways – make a donation to a charity in her name, send her a special gift to let her know she’s in your thoughts, etc.
#2 – Help Someone Who is Currently Experiencing Ovarian Cancer
Visit her in the hospital, offer to take her to her treatments, make meals for her family, offer to babysit her children. Some of my most precious memories with my friend Sue are during the worst of times – holding her hand during her treatments, sitting with her while her family went to church, giving her a sponge bath when she was too weak to do it for herself. These times are humbling to say the least, but they are also precious.
#3 Wear Teal
When Sue first got sick, the girls and I went out and bought some white t-shirts and some teal fabric spray paint and we created some special shirts that we wore with pride.
More recently, I ordered this shirt:
But you don’t have to wear shirts specifically for ovarian cancer. Chances are you have something teal in your closet or dresser drawers already. Teal has long been a favorite color of mine (my bridemaids wore teal gowns in my wedding!) I even have a teal pair of sneakers! And I might have bought myself a pair of teal reading glasses the other day as well. Anything teal will work.
#4 – Paint Your Toenails Teal
When Sue was sick, she heard about the Teal Toes campaign to raise awareness for ovarian cancer and we all went out and bought teal nail polish. In fact, my friend Amy, who never got the chance to meet Sue, painted her toes teal for Sue and has kept them teal ever since! Teal has definitely become my toenail color of choice – I even think they look funny in other colors now!
Here are just some of our favorite teal nail polishes:
#5 – Use the Hashtag – #tealtakeover2016
Please, please, PLEASE, if you do nothing else on this list, use the hashtag!
Use it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, Instagram. Share pictures of your teal toes, your teal clothes, etc. Share stories. But, most of all, use the hashtag!
Thank you for helping me spread awareness about this scary, silent, and often deadly cancer.
Please feel free to retweet these statistics and facts from the American Cancer Society (they are updated for 2015):