Erin Barrett, The Ovarian Cancer Patient: Her Efforts To Raise Awareness About The Symptoms
Source: Erin Barrett
I’ve debated long and hard about posting anything here about my health. This feels like a very personal journey, yet, at the same time, one I want to make sure as many women as possible can avoid. So, with raising awareness in mind, I’ve decided to share what’s going on with me and my ovaries. Actually, ovary. Singular.
I happily gave birth to a wonderful baby girl, Edie, on September 24th. Less joyfully, at the same time I also had my left ovary, fallopian tube, and a nearly 6lb tumour we jokingly named Ozzy removed. Shortly thereafter I was diagnosed with stage 1c, grade 1 ovarian cancer. The stage and grade are important because it means they caught it early.
I am currently going through chemo and will start radiation at the end of January.
I feel nothing but positive in regards to my outcome and future plans. Plans that include never facing this again. And growing my hair back.
People have asked me what they can do to help. This is something I have struggled with as I have been so well looked after. My decision is to ask you all to help me raise awareness.
They call ovarian cancer the silent killer. This is because the symptoms are so subtle that it is often caught too late. Currently, the odds of getting ovarian cancer are 1 in 58 (compared to 1 in 7 for breast cancer).
I want the next ten women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer to be diagnosed early. This means I need your help in telling 580 women about the symptoms.
This is where you come in. Take 15 seconds – that’s all it takes – to tell two or three women in your life about the symptoms. This could be your wife, your mother, your sister, your daughter – any woman you care about. I want to keep a tally below of how many women have been told. Add your women to the list and move the count up (this is mainly so I don’t have to count them all by hand – I’m going through chemo, cut me a break on being lazy.
Here we go:
• Persistent stomach pain.
• Persistent bloating.
• Finding it difficult to eat or feeling full quickly.
• Needing to pee more often.
• Back pain.
• Changes to bowel habits (constipation or diarrhoea).
• Feeling tired all the time.
If any or all of these are present, especially in women 40+, please PLEASE go see your doctor. You’re not wasting anyone’s time, you’re being smart and ensuring you’ll be around for the long haul for the people you love.
Don’t worry, I’ve decided that I’ll be fine, and that’s just the way it is.
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An Ode To Positivity: adidas Brings Stories Of #UnRealFans Of Real Kashmir FC
Global sportswear giant ‘adidas’ and Jammu & Kashmir based football club ‘Real Kashmir FC’ partnered during the last season of I-league. adidas came up with this collaboration to emphasise upon one of its core believes – ‘Through sport, we have the power to change lives’ and let the nation cheer for Kashmir like never before.
It is true that in sports, winning hearts are more challenging than winning matches. RKFC with their unbending resilience did just that! It was a spectacle to see the name of RKFC echoing from all over the country including social media that remained abuzz with exalting adoration of the team by the ‘#UnRealFans’. The team’s excellent gameplay and exceptional sportsmanship made even the football fans of other clubs cheer for RKFC pleasantly giving birth to some ‘never seen before’ #UnRealFans in their very first appearance, last season. The undiluted love for the team, however, did not turn around the easy way! The team that also goes by a popular name ‘Snow Leopards’ have had to endure extreme temperatures and numerous challenges in the process of preparation.
Looking at the way Indian hearts welled up with inspiration and respect for the team, adidas stepped up to make it all the more special. In its own bit, the brand found its way to acknowledge the ardent support by the fans to RKFC by dedicating this season to the “#UnRealFans Of Real Kashmir” by unveiling the jersey launch for the next season. These are real fans who in the all unreal terms proved how much they appreciate RKFC’s journey by giving standing ovations to the team as they travelled across the country for their away games. These fans did not switch loyalties with their own club but definitely erased all boundaries and supported without any inhibition and full fervour to the RKFC.
The high decibel cheers of the unreal fans stand as a testimony to how it indeed changed lives. These stories of Unreal fans of real Kashmir have left the nation amazed in disbelief with their commitment to the team and rightly so! Their inspiring, one of a kind stories of the unreal fan following has too much and too little to say!
Depiction Of An #Unrealfan Story Of Madhavan Nair. Watch It To Believe It!
Madhavan Nair – a true portrayal of such #UnRealFans from Kerala, who despite being a committed fan of his team showed astounding support to Real Kashmir FC for their unbending grit and a winning comeback.
Another Sharp Portrayal Of #Unrealfans From Bengal- Anirban Sen. Watch It To Believe It!
Sometimes all things unimaginable can shape into the best of stories! Another beautiful representation of all #UnRealFans hailing from West Bengal. This dedicated fanboy who has had unflinching support for Bengal Football Club has now also stepped up to cheer for RKFC. The fact that RKFC qualified for the league in just 3 years changed him into a diehard RKFC fan as many such football fanatics in India.
Depiction Of A ‘No-Sport Fan’ To ‘#Unrealfan Of RKFC’, Priya Represents Almost 2/3rd Of India’s Population!
Isn’t it impossible for someone with less interest in sports suddenly showers inclination to watching a sport? Well, guess what? This story represents the believable aspect of sport i.e. ‘With Sport, we have the power to change lives.’
Indeed, RKFC is not just winning matches but are also winning hearts.
The Real Kashmir FC have proved why sports is not just about winning or losing, it’s essentially about the ‘never give up’ attitude. The overwhelming love that the unreal fans from all over the country have given to the club justly inspires the coming generations to challenge the circumstances and rise beyond their limitations.
Join adidas #UnRealFan brigade of RKFC and cheer for this team who have won hearts in the true spirit of sportsmanship.