16 Year Old Takes to Singing to Fight Ovarian Cancer

An unusual diagnosis for a 16 year old girl from Toledo, Ohio proves that ovarian cancer can strike at any point in time in a woman's life.  Ellen DeGeneres picked up the story of Caly Bevier who turned to Rachel Platten's hit 'Fight Song.'  You have to watch this incredibly moving video from the Ellen Degeneres Show. 

Full Article from PopSugar.com

Rachel Platten's hit "Fight Song" is for anyone going through a difficult time, but for those struggling with cancer, it's as if the singer wrote it just for them. That's what 16-year-old Caly Bevier of Toledo, OH, said when she listened to the lyrics after being shockingly diagnosed with ovarian cancer last Summer. 

So, when Ellen DeGeneres had the teen on her daytime talk show to perform the song as a duet with Platten, tears were expected. What was less expected, however, was the powerful response from parents across the country following the moving performance.

When the clip from yesterday's show was posted to Facebook, it instantly went viral — the video was shared 198,000 times and garnered 290,000 "likes." Among the 15,000 comments were moms and dads sharing photos and stories of their own children's cancer struggles – all of them writing that the song was their child's "fight song" as well.

World Ovarian Cancer Day

Today Team Jags takes a moment to observe World Ovarian Cancer Day.  Most recently news about Angelina Jolie brought much needed attention to the importance of ovarian awareness when she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.  Early detection is the key to fighting ovarian cancer.  Here are a few important things you need to know about ovarian cancer.

1. Any woman can get ovarian cancer

Though relatively rare, ovarian cancer is diagnosed in more than 250,000 women worldwide every year. And unlike other cancers, it affects women in developed and developing countries similarly. Also, while the diagnosis rate is higher in some age and ethnic groups, the cancer affects women across the spectrum. Basically, any woman who is capable of giving birth (as in, her ovaries are intact and working) is at risk. 

2. Caucasian women have a statistically higher rate

Even though the disease can affect any woman, Caucasian women develop ovarian cancer at a higher rate than women of color in the United States. By extension, the mortality rate in Caucasian women is also higher. 

3. Ovarian cancer can be hard to detect 

Because most of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer are also linked with common problems, the disease isn’t always detected early on. Common symptoms include bloating (common during PMS), pelvic pain or discomfort and frequent urination (common with a urinary tract infection), and persistent lack of energy (common with being an busy adult). However, these symptoms will last longer and increase over time, which might be a tip off that something else is wrong.

See the full article from BUSTLE HERE.

The White Shirt Campaign

Frances Abbott, Prime Minister Toby Abbott's daughter, posing for the White Shirt Campaign.  

Frances Abbott, Prime Minister Toby Abbott's daughter, posing for the White Shirt Campaign.  

Witchery is a fashion design studio that is creating white shirts in various styles to raise money for the OCRF (www.ocrf.org).  The White Shirt Campaign is bringing awareness to ovarian cancer.  Team Jags is proud to bring you a link to the Witchery website.  Click here!

This was brought to our attention when we hears that Frances Abbott, daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, started supporting the 2014 campaign.  We give a strong teal thumbs up to the efforts of these organizations in Australia where many members of Jags Solanki's extended family live!  Check out the full article from The Herald Sun News here!

New Study About Ovary Removal For Women With BRCA1 & BRCA2

New Study About Ovary Removal For Women With BRCA1 & BRCA2

For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35. 

Women who inherit either of two faulty BRCA genes are at much higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer than other women, and at younger ages. Actress Angelina Jolie generated headlines last year when she had her healthy breasts removed to reduce her cancer risk.


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