Many of you might have already heard the story of Elly Mayday -one of our favourite models here at Cherry Velvet. We’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Elly for the past year. Elly is not just stunningly beautiful on the outside, but equally one of the sweetest individuals anyone could ever hope to meet.
Recently (right on the cusp of an exploding modeling career, at 25 years old), Elly discovered she has serous carcinoma -a type of ovarian cancer. She decided to make her story public and is sharing her journey through ovarian cancer, as well as continuing to be a body-positive role model for women everywhere.
Did you know that teal green is the colour of ovarian cancer -a much less talked about, but very serious type of women’s cancer?
There is no one specific symptom for ovarian cancer and these symptoms are generally vague/non-specific (-often mistakenly attributed to other causes). It’s called ‘the disease that whispers’ for good reason: it’s often overlooked and under-diagnosed.
Do you do a breast self exam every month? What about going for an annual pap test? These simple steps could save your life.
There is no easy test or exam for ovarian cancer, but this is a basic list of what to look for and be aware of:
Swelling or bloating of the abdomen
Pelvic discomfort or heaviness
Back or abdominal pain
Gas, nausea, indigestion
Change in bowel habits
Emptying your bladder frequently
Weight loss or weight gain
Mass or “lump” in your pelvis that you can feel
Inability to eat normally
Pain with intercourse
We hope we’ve inspired you to catch up on any tests you haven’t taken lately, and brought attention to ways to help spot Ovarian Cancer. Please also consider taking a moment to share this post with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware too.
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