Who knew September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness month? I sure didn't, and I have ovarian cancer! Ovarian cancer is hard to detect, is not nearly as widely known as other cancers, and is often called the silent killer. I started to post some statistics for you, but to be honest, it was a little too depressing for me. The numbers are not good. Mortality rate for those diagnosed with ovarian cancer has not improved in the last 30 years because it is diagnosed in late stages far too often. I'm not going to go any further, because the stats really are depressing, but I do want you to be aware of ovarian cancer. Early detection is the best thing that can happen if you're diagnosed. You can visit Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for information.
What I really wanted to do in today's post is to encourage you to participate with me in something fun for the month of September. There is an organization called Teal Toes bringing attention to ovarian cancer in a fun way. Just like pink is the official breast cancer color, teal is the official ovarian cancer color. And one small way to show support for ovarian cancer patients this month is to paint your nails teal, order a few of the information cards from Teal Toes and hand them out when people ask you about it. My mom, both sisters, Rory, and I all painted our nails teal over the weekend, and it is going to be my official color for the month of September. Teal Toes even gives a list of nail polish brands and what is the best teal color.
I bought Opi Austin-tatious Turquoise and have an extra to give away. So leave me a comment, and Wednesday I'll randomly choose a winner and send you the polish. Just as long as you promise to keep those toes teal all month! And, by the way, anyone who wants to participate in painting your toes teal, send me a picture at camdenmommy @ gmail dot com, and I'll post the pics here on the blog.
And here's an interview with Shannon Miller, one of my all-time favorite gymnasts, who was diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer this past year. I had no idea!