Take the Teal Butterfly Challenge To Raise Awareness for Ovarian Cancer
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Spread the Word, Do the Challenge
My sister Janine DeFeo and her friend Amy Roberts created the Teal Butterfly Challenge to raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness after the disease affect people they love.
(I am so inspired and proud of my sister Janine and her friend Amy and what they have accomplished in the past 5 years)
For Janine is was our sister Judy Wilkins, and for Amy her grandmother Mae, who both passed away.
Here’s their message:
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month…..Please help us spread awareness for this horrid disease by taking the Teal Butterfly Challenge. It’s simple and fun. The challenge can be taken by anyone, anywhere by following these simple steps.
*Paint your nails, teal (the color designated for ovarian cancer)
*Make a butterfly symbol with your hands
*Take a photo and post on social media using the hashtag
*Tag your friends and challenge them to do the same
We love to see challenges from all over the world so include your location if you will. And be creative!!!!
Spreading awareness for Ovarian Cancer one Teal Butterfly at a time….
An estimated one woman in 74 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed this year.
The biggest take away….LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, IF SOMETHING DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT SAY SOMETHING! ASK QUESTIONS!!!! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!!!
Early detection of ovarian cancer saves women’s lives. No screening test exists that can test all women for ovarian cancer. The Pap test does not test for ovarian cancer; it screens for cervical cancer.
Not only do researchers need to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer, like mammograms for breast cancer and Pap tests for cervical cancer, women and medical professionals also need to become more aware of ovarian cancer symptoms.
The Butterfly Challenge is a 501c3 raising funds, but mostly awareness for Ovarian Cancer. It’s a labor of love for Janine and Amy
Signs & Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially, in the early stages. This is partly due to the fact that the ovaries, two small, almond-shaped organs on either side of the uterus, are deep within the abdominal cavity. The following are often identified by women as some of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:
~Pelvic or abdominal pain
~Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
~Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
~Upset stomach or heartburn
~Pain during sex
~Constipation or menstrual changes
If symptoms are new and persist for more than two weeks, it is recommended that a woman see her doctor, and an OB/GYN
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ryne Robinson
For more information go to: tealbutterflychallenge
Janine’s interview with Marilyn Russell, WOGL 98.1