Friday, September 2, 2011

Sally Hansen Fairy Teal/ Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

I started with 2 coats of Sally Hansen Fairy Teal - this polish is really well pigmented and covers well in one coat.  You may want a 2nd just to even out your color and surface.  It's dry time is average and formula is good, flow and leveling were above average.  Over the top I applied 2 coats of Pure Ice Heartbreaker.  Heartbreaker is a teal base with tiny teal microglitter and it gives the polish just a flash of shimmer.  Heartbreaker is too sheer to wear on it's own, you'll want to layer it over another color.  Click on the pictures to see the sparkle more clearly!

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. Each year, approximately 21,880 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2010, approximately 13,850 women will die in the United States from ovarian cancer. What makes ovarian cancer so unspeakably dangerous is that it is hardest to detect in its early stages. Sadly, only about 19% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed before the cancer has spread outside of the ovaries when the disease is most responsive to treatment. If detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. Recent research suggests that together the four symptoms of: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary urgency or frequency may be associated with ovarian cancer.  Other symptoms may be nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation, diahhrea, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath and backaches.  You may be at greater risk of developing ovarian cancer if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, personal history of cancer, are over the age of 55, have never been pregnant or are on menopausal hormone replacement therapy.

And now I'd like to take just a moment more of your time to talk about how cancer has personally affected my life.  I lost my mother to colon cancer in 1982 when I was 18 and she was 54.  I lost my father to bladder cancer about 8 years ago.  I myself was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1992 while I was pregnant with Amanda's younger brother, then again in 1993.

I was one of the lucky ones.  I have been vigilant about my health since I lost my mother and we caught the cancer early.  I have been cancer free for 18 years.  There have been lots of times I wanted to ignore or blow off my yearly pap and pelvic exams or mammograms.  But I would rather experience a moment of discomfort now than a lifetime of regret.  I don't want to look back on my life someday saying "IF ONLY I'd had my screening, we might have caught it earlier".

So please...  Get your yearly pap and pelvic screening.  Get your mammograms.  Make your appointment today for peace of mind tomorrow. 

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