Thursday, July 26, 2007

how to save a life.......

I recently learned of something called Give Love Give Life.

It was a benefit concert held in February for ovarian cancer research and awareness. Musician/actor John Trudell founded the campaign. His longtime partner Marcia Labertrom came up with the idea for a concert to raise money and awareness. She fought ovarian cancer for seven years, and died just a few weeks before the concert. John's mother also died of ovarian cancer. He was only six years old at the time.

John, along with his good friends Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson starred. 2007 was the second year for this concert. They plan to continue yearly. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the concert is given to the Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Research Institute.

Every seven minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed (usually after losing precious time to a misdiagnosis) with a gynecological cancer--200 per day--over 80,000 per year. The American Cancer Society states that over 80 women a day die from such cancers--over 30,000 per year.

Increasing research and awareness will lead to better detection and treatment and ultimately save many women's lives.

What can You do about this? Spread the word- pass on your knowledge. Every time we do that, we raise awareness. And by raising awareness, you might just save a life.....


Blogger j bayogan said...

hello j'sdaughter.

i'm filipino and father of an 11-year old girl who beat acute myelogenous leukemia through a bone marrow transplant last year. reading through some of your posts reminds me of our ordeal. i appreciate your courage and patience to construct your blogsite. your mom is correct - we are learning a lot and i thank you both for being unselfish even with such difficult expeirence.

8:57 PM, July 26, 2007  
Anonymous Becky68 said...

Michele sent me tonight.
I had cervical cancer at 19 & though it's been nearly 20 years I am still super careful to be sure to get a pap smear every year- if I hadn't just decided to go to the doctors & have my first pap smear at 19 (my mother actually didn't want me to go- couldn't figure out why I would want to- I was actually looking for birth control but didn't want to tell her that) I think my life could have turned out very different & not in any good ways.

9:44 PM, July 26, 2007  
Blogger kenju said...

As a former cytotechnologist, I had it drummed into me at an early age how important it is for women to have Pap Smears yearly. We cannot stress too often how life-saving it can be. Early detection is our only hope.

MIchele sent me.

5:54 AM, July 27, 2007  
Blogger Dak-Ind said...

greetings. i came here from Michele's, not because she sent me, but because i read what you wrote about keeping your blog alive because your mothers life may inspire others. that sentiment alone encouraged me to visit.

cancer can be an enourmous heartache for everyone involved and i just wanted to come applaud you for your dedication to life, and helping others. that alone is a testament to your mom.


12:25 PM, July 27, 2007  
Blogger Begered said...

I am very sorry to hear about your mother. Cancer is just an ugly disease. I am surprised to learn that ovarian cancer takes more lives than breast cancer. You don't hear too much about ovarian cancer...lots about breast, lung and blood cancers though. This is a very good thing you are doing. We all need to our part in helping awarness of all types of cancer.

Michele sent me today!

6:57 PM, July 27, 2007  
Blogger Carmi said...

Our next door neighbor lost her battle with ovarian cancer last year. I wish we had the power to stop these tragedies from happening: it isn't just the loss. It's WHO we're losing. Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, good people.

Your continuing efforts to raise awareness are saving lives. Point blank.

You're a hero. It's that simple.

7:36 PM, July 27, 2007  
Blogger Shephard said...

Always like to see people keeping awareness high. Another wonderful use for a blog. :)

Michele says hello,

8:13 PM, July 27, 2007  
Blogger sage said...

Here from Michele's. You're doing a wonderful thing, keeping your mom's memory alive while making others aware of the dangers of ovarian cancer. Blessings.

10:52 AM, July 28, 2007  
Blogger aka_Monty said...

I love the way you spread the word!! Perhaps next year you might want to join in the Blogathon, to raise money for cancer research! :)

Howdy, Michele sent me today!

11:37 AM, July 28, 2007  
Blogger kenju said...

Michele sent me back, J's daughter. Colon cancer is in the same category; it is imminently curable, if only people will get colonoscopies when they need them!!

2:27 PM, July 28, 2007  
Anonymous ~A~ said...

Hi Michele sent me.

I'm sorry to read about your mother. I too have lost loved ones to cancer and have loved ones who have survived it.

Now, I'm heading over to the link you posted.

Hope you have a good weekend.

8:57 PM, July 28, 2007  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Thanks for raising awareness and encouraging women to seek help and have regular check ups.
I'm due for a pap smear and this post of yours helped me remember that!!
Also, thanks for stopping by my blog. I think you came via Naomi's blog. I was on vacation for two and half weeks, so I am slowly getting around to visiting everyone on my blogroll and those new to my blog.
Keep up the good work of letting people know about the seriousness of cervical, ovarian, and vaginal cancers.

5:59 PM, August 09, 2007  

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(written September of 2005) I have learned much in the last nine months. I have read that ovarian cancer whispers. I say it screams. It just needs someone to listen. The American Cancer Society statistics for ovarian cancer estimate that there will be 22,220 new cases and 16,210 deaths in 2005. This is a death rate FOUR TIMES that of breast cancer.Almost 70 percent of women with the common epithelial ovarian cancer are not diagnosed until the disease is advanced in stage. The 5-year survival rate for these women is only 15 to 20 percent. This is unacceptable. Women need to be made more aware of the symptoms, and doctors need to listen to their patients. Especially when the patient tells them that they fear they have ovca, as my mother did for almost a year before she was finally diagnosed. It’s so sad and senseless when a woman knows the symptoms but can’t get anyone to listen to what she is saying.