A Peace for Georgia
This blog post is a little different from some of our other posts… September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. “A Peace for Georgia” is the newest addition to EkoLife, our collection that brings awareness to life threatening diseases without sacraficing style or fashion sense.
This design is very close and dear to my heart, as it was designed in honor of my Aunt Georgia, who lost her battle to ovarian cancer a few years ago. It is made with Russian Amazonite and silver accent beads. When I saw these beads, I knew I would be able to honor appropriately. Each stone has different charcteristics, yet still beautiful.
I would like to share a little about her spirit and why this means so much to me. She was a very sweet and giving person, with a creative spirit that would always blow me away. She had a strict vegetarian diet and her biggest thing was sharing her knowledge with everyone around her. If she found something that made her feel great, she want everyone else to share that feeling. When our family gathered at holidays, mostly Thanksgiving and July 4th, everyone knew she would have new craft project. We made everything from flower bouquets out of hershey kisses to origami with dollar bills. We always wondered…”Where does she get this stuff from?” Nevertheless, it always resulted in hours of fun.
Creating this design and writing this blog has given me several revelations. The main one is that I never truly dealt with her passing away. This gives me peace and I have been reassured that her creative spirit lives on in me! What an honor!! Starting this year, I will carry the torch of the craft project after Thanksgiving dinner! May her soul rest in peace and her spirit live in us always.
When I found out she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it seemed so unreal. She always lived a holistic lifestyle. She watched what she ate, exercised regularly and didn’t smoke or drink alcohol. I began to research to try to understand where does it come from, how does it happen… All of the research in the world couldn’t explain to me why this had to happen to her…
I wil share with you what I have found…
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women, causing more deaths than any other type of female reproductive cancer. The cause is unknown… The risk for developing ovarian cancer appears to be affected by several factors. The more children a woman has and the earlier in life she gives birth, the lower her risk for ovarian cancer. Women with a personal history of breast cancer or a family history of breast or ovarian cancer have an increased risk for ovarian cancer. Women who take estrogen replacement only for 5 years or more seem to have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Birth control pills, however, decrease the risk of ovarian cancer.
The scary thing about this is ovarian cancer symptoms are often vague. By the time the cancer is diagnosed, the tumor has often spread beyond the ovaries. The symptoms can easily be diagnosed as something else. Some of the symptoms include: bloating or swollen belly area, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, pelvic or lower abdominal pain (pelvic heaviness), abnormal menstrual cycles, constipation, increased gas, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, back pain and frequent urination. As you can see, there really are no true symptoms to give a woman a clue that she is battling ovarian cancer until it’s too late.
Unfortunately, there is no screening for ovarian cancer. You may find additional information at http://www.ocrf.org.
Thanks for allowing me to share with you! This design can be found at https://www.etsy.com/listing/108498984/a-peace-for-georgia-ovarian-cancer. Have a beautiful day!