I want you to listen to your body

Most days I want you to leave this blog with a smile on your face. Today, I want you to do something different. I want you to listen to your body.

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian Cancer is a dreadful disease which is a bugger to detect. Four Australian Women get diagnosed with ovarian cancer each and everyday, while sadly, 3 Australian Women die from ovarian cancer.

Each and every day.

Those starts are not great and neither is the fact that it is so hard to get a diagnosis. Quite often it can take years for it be detected and unfortunately in most cases, it is to late for effective treatment.

Now here’s the tricky part. A lot of the symptoms can mimic things that we already go through as women of a certain age. They include the following.

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain.
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
  • Needing to urinate often or urgently.
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount.
  • Changes in your bowel habits.
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss.
  • Bleeding in-between periods or after menopause.
  • Back pain.
  • Indigestion or nausea.
  • Excessive fatigue.
  • Pain during intercourse.

I know that you know that you know when things are not feeling right in your body and I am in no way meaning to alarm you. Ovarian cancer is a relatively uncommon disease – most women with symptoms will not have ovarian cancer.

But if you have several of those hideous symptoms up there on your list, here is what Ovarian Cancer Australia suggests you do.

Download the SYMPTOMS DIARY which you can find by clicking here.

It looks a like this.

There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, so all women need to be aware of the symptoms. The Pap smear doesn’t detect ovarian cancer; it detects cervical cancer. If you are concerned, take your Symptoms Diary to your GP.

Again, I am not here to spread fear BUT I am here to let you know about it. Ovarian Cancer Australia do amazing work in research, support and assistance and their website is just fantastic. Click here.

So, in conclusion my lovelies, listen to your body and do something if it doesn’t feel quite right. Because I need you around to keep telling you stories about making the most of the mundane. And more importantly, your family and mates need you to.

Much Love

Me xxx