Daily Prompt: Teal Ribbons

If your day to day responsibilities were taken care of and you could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would it be?

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My best friend, Pam, died from ovarian cancer almost three years ago.  She fought it bravely for two years, never once showing me pain or despair.  She even participated in the LA Marathon, doing the walking part of it to raise money for the Wellness Community that supported her throughout her battle.  She told me that she couldn’t afford to be negative about anything, not when she needed to be positive and strong.

And even during her fight, she would come to my house and sit on the sofa behind me so she could massage my shoulders, for she knew me too well.  She knew that ever since we both finished massage school together in 1997, I only received massages from her.

One day she told me that the color for ovarian cancer awareness was teal, something that not a lot of people knew because pink was the one most people knew about.

So if there was a cause I’d throw myself completely to, it would be helping raise awareness for ovarian cancer – as well as cervical and uterine cancer (from which my grandmother died of), all three represented by the teal ribbon – and work towards getting screenings to detect it earlier, like HE4 and CA125 tests, readily available and paid for by insurance.  Lofty intentions, I know, but it’s a start.

To learn more about ovarian cancer, you can click on the links below and if you have the time, lend your support:

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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