Frocktober is nearly here again! It’s all about rocking frocks during the month of October to raise funds and awareness for the OCRF – the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
In Australia, one woman dies every ten hours from ovarian cancer. There is currently no early detection test available and, because of this, women are usually diagnosed in the late stages of the disease.
I’ve been rocking 31 frocks in 31 days for Frocktober since 2012. This year, after #30daysofhats for Hattember and #30lippiesin30days with Fashionista in Suburbia, why not continue the fun and roll with Frocktober?
This year, I will be cutting my challenge a little bit short. You see, in the last week of October, I’ll be undergoing an operation and spending most, if not all, the rest of Frocktober rocking nighties and hospital gowns. Nobody needs to see that!
Frocktober holds an extra special place in my heart this year. I was recently diagnosed with endometriosis – hence the scheduled surgery. However, the symptoms of endometriosis are alarmingly close to those of ovarian cancer. I have to admit that I spent a very anxious couple of days waiting for the diagnosis report. I’ve never been so happy to hear that I had a disease!
I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again, but if you notice any of the following symptoms – any at all – go and see your doctor!
What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
Most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer suffer already from advanced stage disease. Unfortunately, advanced stage ovarian cancer has a poor prognosis which stands in stark contrast to early disease which has a cure rate.
Early stage ovarian cancer may not have obvious symptoms but the following may occur:
- Vague abdominal pain or pressure
- Feeling of abdominal fullness, gas, nausea, indigestion – different to your normal sensations
- Sudden abdominal swelling, weight gain or bloating
- Persistent changes in bowel or bladder patterns
- Low backache or cramps
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Pain during intercourse
- Unexplained weight loss
The majority of women who experience one or two of these early symptoms do not have cancer. However, it is important that you seek medical advice if the symptoms are unusual or persist.
What does the OCRF do?
The OCRF has three main objectives:
- To develop and implement an early detection program for ovarian cancer
- To improve the mortality rate, management and long term survival of women with ovarian cancer
- To raise community awareness of the importance of early detection
How we can help
“It’s a Frockin’ good cause”
Whether you wear 31 frocks in 31 days, just rotate a couple of dresses, or perhaps just rock out with your frock out every Friday during Frocktober, you can help make a difference.
Don’t panic. There’s no need to spend a lot of money. You can join in with just a couple of frocks. One of the other reasons I adore Frocktober is that it appeals to my vintage-lovin’ thrifting heart.
Frocktober was established in 2007, when a small group of like minded individuals donned old frocks from their wardrobe, went out for the evening and received $200 in donations.
The spirit of Frocktober invokes recycling, sharing, and finding new ways to wear old frocks. Love that!
If you work in an office environment, you might like to hold a Frockin’ Fabulous Friday, where everyone dons a dress and makes a donation to the cause. Perhaps the blokes could wear fancy socks or a bowtie for the day if frocks aren’t their thing. Bribe them with a morning tea – who can pass up cake?
Team up with me and other fabulous members of the Kimba Likes community for Team Kimba Likes. Everything is always more fun with friends!
Frocktober with Team Kimba Likes
Pleased to announce that I’m an official Frocktober Frockette ambassador for Frocktober 2015!
Can’t wait to frock out with you!
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