Ten Early Warning Signs For Ovarian Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore
Loss of Appetite
Ovarian cancer is known to cause an abrupt loss of appetite that’s normally out of character for the person affected. This is because the cancer impacts metabolism—or the breakdown of food into energy that fuels the body.
Urinary problems, such as being overwhelmed by a sudden urge to urinate as well as peeing more often than usual is a sign of ovarian cancer—this can include bouts of incontinence (complete loss of bladder control before you can get to a bathroom) that will gradually worsen over a few weeks.
Pain in the pelvic area or belly that feels very different from normal indigestion and menstrual problems (i.e., cramps) is indicative of ovarian cancer. Most patients complained of abdominal pain that persisted for longer than 2 weeks, and wasn’t associated with their period, diarrhea, or the stomach flu.
Feeling Full Quickly
In the more advanced stages of ovarian cancer, the cancer tumor itself can sit on the surface of the stomach, on the omentum (the fold in the abdominal cavity that connects the stomach to other organs), or on the intestines, causing a patient to feel full very quickly (a condition known as “early satiety”) when they eat.
Persistent indigestion, gas, nausea, or other gastro-intestinal issues, like heartburn, are quite common and persistent of ovarian cancer.
Frequent bloating or gas pain in your belly or pelvis that doesn’t go away is another symptom of ovarian cancer. For instance, if your abdominals bloat so much that your clothes fit tighter around your waist so suddenly and without diet or activity changes—this may be cause for a doctor’s visit.
Lower Back Pain
A persistent, achy, dull pain in the lower back is a common sign of ovarian cancer. Many women patients equate the feeling with labor pain.
Altering Constipation and Diarrhoea
Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation and diarrhea, will often go hand in hand with ovarian cancer. This occurs when an ovarian tumor swells and puts pressure on the stomach, bowel, and bladder.
Sudden Weight Loss
Shedding 10 or more pounds without even dieting or exercising is common to ovarian cancer patients in the early stage. Even though you might consider it a welcome occurrence, this rapid and unexplained weight loss should be reported to your physician immediately.
A lesser known early warning sign, one that has only been noted in approximately 1 quarter of ovarian cancer patients, was spotting or irregular vaginal bleeding outside of the regular menstrual cycle. Other vaginal abnormalities may include the sudden development of sores or blister in the vaginal area, changes in skin color, or thick discharge.
Ten Early Warning Signs For Ovarian Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore
As the election approaches, I have not unfriended anyone on Facebook or turned away from them over their intended vote.
But I have to admit, when I hear people who love me say that they are voting for Donald Trump, it wounds.
I don’t mean that I’m irked or politically offended; I mean that it hurts my heart to understand that someone who claims to care about my family can excuse or embrace a man who has denigrated just about every aspect of who we are.
When friends tell me Trump’s “agenda” or “values” aligns better with their own, it chips away at my trust in how truly they care not just about people like me and my daughter but about us in specific.
It can’t help but tarnish my affection, dimming the luster of a bond premised on the belief of mutual respect. Why? Because a vote for this man is a vote for what he says about us.
I know you’re already thinking that this is unfair. That someone can still love us and vote differently. And that’s true in most years. But this election has lowered the bar of discourse so far, has diminished the American embrace of human decency so thoroughly, that I don’t really think that “I love you, but…” means very much when it comes to being loving right now. Hear me out.
I am a Latino son of an immigrant and a gay dad to daughter of African-American descent. To unpack how much Trump has said about facets of our lives is to stroll through a daily litany of mockery and dismissal. And when I look at what he has promised to do once elected, I see that we are a target.
When I adopted my daughter, everything was easier because my husband and I were legally married, something only true in two states at the time. At airports, hospitals, and schools, our legal bond to our child has never been in doubt.
Marriage equality has been one of the hallmarks of this century so far, now embraced by the majority of Americans, but Trump has said he’s seriously considering what can be done to roll that right backward. He’s also pledged to support legislation that would grant any person of any claimed faith the right not to serve or do business with any gay person. The bill is hatefully broad in its wording: we’re not just talking the famed bakers of wedding cakes but landlords, health care providers, employers, and anyone with a business.
Like people who say they care for me, Trump say his gay friends are “fabulous” but that this is bigger than them. He doesn’t think people like me need marriage rights for our families or the ability to shop, sleep, eat and be cared for everywhere that our straight fellow citizens can.
That can only be because we are seen as lesser humans which is, in fact, how he seems to see every group to which he doesn’t belong. In my household, we represent a lot of those groups.
Take my daughter, a child of African-American descent. Trump calls all people like her “the Blacks” a simple phrase that tells you so much. He has no sense of the diversity of the experience, whether in geography or values or status or needs. He has made this lack of perspective clear, by telling “the Blacks” that “their” schools, jobs, and lives are all terrible.
To Trump, people of color are so foreign and so the antithesis of what he’s selling that he threw one of his own African-American supporters out of a rally last week, because he assumed the man to be an enemy on sight. (In fact, the man had previously praised Trump on the record.)
That’s not surprising: When you decide an entire group of people is “the other,” snap judgments are like breathing.
At least he considers “the Blacks” part of the nation. The last year and a half have been a time when Latinos all 55 million of us in this country have seen clearly what he really thinks of us.
It started with immigrants, all killers and rapists, to use his terms. (This applied only to Latino immigrants and not to people like his wife.) His venom expanded outward from there. When he said an Indiana-born judge couldn’t be trusted because he was of Latino descent, and when he threw an award-winning reporter out of a press conference because of his Latino bias, Trump revealed his innate bent toward racist generalization.
His level of ignorance reached its peak when he said he actually loves “Hispanics,” which he proved with a taco bowl. It was so base, so ridiculous, and so Trump. Reducing millions of diverse Americans to a food product for sale is just another reminder: To him, we aren’t people.
And yet, nothing compares to the depths of Trump’s grossness and crassness on the subject of women. This man wields women’s looks as a cudgel, diminishing their worth and credibility based on his scale of beauty; he boasts about how conquests bolster a man’s success; and he uses the topic of menstruation as a weapon.
He actively reveals a complete lack of boundaries when it comes to analyzing the bodies of women not just young enough to be his daughter, but his actual daughter, and girls far, far younger. It’s been upsetting enough to take that all in as a human being, period. But as a parent, it’s even worse.
It terrifies me. To vote for this man is to vote for the creepy uncle, the pervy boss, the guy who won’t take no for an answer. His gleeful boasts about sexual misconduct were labeled “locker room talk” but now that locker room could be the White House.
To excuse it—over and over—is to tell him he’s right in thinking that women and girls are less than men. To vote for someone so unapologetic in his sexism, to make him the face of your nation, is to tell girls that they must take whatever a man dishes out. No it tells everyone this. And my daughter’s future will be more dangerous as a result.
And these are just the messages of his words and deeds as they relate to my small household. I could expand outward to Muslim friends, my veteran relatives, or Jewish in-laws to reveal all the language and imagery Trump’s campaign has deployed to make clear that they are “less than” him and if they don’t like it, there’s more to come.
The imagery of this campaign is like none I can remember; when the KKK is doing “get out the vote” work for a candidate, it is no surprise that Trump signs show up effortlessly paired with lynched dummies or a bumper sticker depicting gay bashing.
Trump didn’t make these companion pieces himself, of course; but he has surely granted permission for people to not just indulge their worst thoughts, but to absolutely revel in them. He stoked a fire in people who have grown tired of making the effort to extend civility and human decency to those not like them.
What was once a goading whisper has become the roar of the crowd: It’s OK to embrace your secret feeling that all the “others” are not your people, are not equal to you, and, in being worth less, need not be treated with the same respect and privileges you enjoy.
Trump has made it fine not to only to embrace this deeply un-American sentiment but to say it with pride, to shout it out loud alongside thousands of your exuberant peers.
And then to vote it.
If you love me and you’re going to vote for Trump, I would like you to look me in the eye and say, “I’m OK with what Trump plans for you.” If you love my daughter, whose growth you have followed with joy, I want you to look her in the eye and say, “I’m OK with how Trump talks about you.”
Maybe dig out our holiday card from last year and, while looking at our smiling faces, practice saying to us: “You are less than me.”
Because that is what your vote for Trump says to my family.
When Freddy the tortoise was caught in a bush fire in Brazil, his chances of survival were slim. But thanks to a group of pioneering surgeons known as The Animal Avengers, Freddy not only survived his ordeal – he is also now the proud owner of the world’s first 3D printed shell!
“Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help,” said Designer Cicero Moraes, a member of the volunteer group based in Sao Paulo. He designed the shell by reconstructing a 3D computer image based on various pictures he took of Freddy. He then sent the design to Dr Paulo Miamoto, a dental surgeon, who turned the design into reality with the use of a 3D printer. And as you can see, Freddie looks more than happy in his newly printed home! Good work Animal Avengers! Tony Stark would be proud! You can also fund them here. (h/t)
Freddie the tortoise is lucky to be alive after getting burned in a bush fire
Watch Freddy in action here:
Cats are good at many things (landing on their feet, sleeping, climbing things, hating humans), but one thing they’re positively brilliant at is making us laugh.
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Take a look at this list of funny pictures from Tumblr to see what we mean. Some of them are random, some are slightly worrying, and others are plain inexplicable. But if there’s one thing they all have in common it’s that they’re guaranteed to make you smile. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
(CNN)Notch this up to Swedes and another ridiculously cool, innovative design.
Dogs are the best. Whether they’re asking for food, laying on your lap and watching Netflix with you, or simply greeting you with excitement when you come home – they’re truly a man’s/woman’s best friend.
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In fact, we love our dogs so much we even tweet about them! Below, Bored Panda has put together a list of the best tweets about dogs. Check them out and don’t forget to vote for your favorites!
If you enjoyed this article, also check out these funny tweets about cats.
Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-dog-tweets/
When Castiel was found wandering the suburbs of Los Angeles, he was thought to be an ordinary dog.
He was even wearing a sort of makeshift collar, which makes his rescuers think he was kept as a pet.
But his skittish behavior and malnourishment led them to believe his home was probably not a good one.
I enjoy a nice dinner with family and friends. But eating dinner just feels like a formality I have to go through so that I can have what I really want dessert!
I have a major sweet tooth and when it comes time in a meal to consume a confection, I want to do that as quickly as possible.
Luckilyfor me, I have found an easy, quick, and deliciously satisfying dessert that can be made in about 30 minutes thats quicker than it takes to order pizza nowadays.
This recipe is simple and is sure to impress any guests you have over for dinner even sugar fiends like myself.
All you need for this recipe is a few mixing bowls, spatula, and a couple of ingredients:
- 5 to 6 apples
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- cup caramel balls
- cup quick oats
- 1 cup flour
- brown sugar
- 8 tbsp. butter
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Slice apples and place in large mixing bowl.
- Pour the sugar, 2 tbsp. flour, and 2 tsp. cinnamon into a small mixing bowl and mix together.
- Pour the mixture over apple slices and combine.
- Once thoroughly mixed, pour apples into a casserole dish.
- Evenly place caramel balls through out the casserole dish.
- Take a new small mixing bowl and add cup oats, cup of flour, cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp. sugar, tsp. cinnamon, combine thoroughly.
- Add the 6 tbsp. butter to the mixture.
- Spread this mixture over the apples in the casserole dish.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Drizzle the remaining butter over the top.
- Let cool and enjoy with a scoop of ice cream!
When reddit user ‘JavaReallySucks’ posted a pic titled “dog before and after being called a good boy” it instantly inspired others to try the same thing on their pets. The responses varied from serious attempts to just fun pictures, but what really stood out was the cats.
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While your dog may be jumping for joy after hearing you say something kind to it, the felines COULDN’T. CARE. LESS.
What about your pet? Be sure to submit your pics below!
Have you seen anyone with a tattoo like this?
If not, you may not be looking close enough. They’re popping up…
That’s right: the semicolon. It’s a tattoo that has gained popularity in recent years, but unlike other random or mystifying trends, this one has a serious meaning behind it. (And no, it’s not just the mark of a really committed grammar nerd.)
My co-worker Parker’s photo of her own semicolon tattoo.
This mark represents mental health struggles and the importance of suicide prevention.
Project Semicolon was born from a social media movement in 2013.
They describe themselves as a “movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love, and inspire.”
But why a semicolon?
“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”
Originally created as a day where people were encouraged to draw a semicolon on their bodies and photograph it, it quickly grew into something greater and more permanent. Today, people all over the world are tattooing the mark as a reminder of their struggle, victory, and survival.
I spoke with Jenn Brown and Jeremy Jaramillo of The Semicolon Tattoo Project, an organization inspired by the semicolon movement. Along with some friends, Jenn and Jeremy saw an opportunity to both help the community and reduce the stigma around mental illness.
In 2012, over 43 million Americans dealt with a mental illness. Mental illness is not uncommon, yet there is a stigma around it that prevents a lot of people from talking about it and that’s a barrier to getting help.
More conversations that lead to less stigma? Yes please.
“[The tattoo] is a conversation starter,” explains Jenn. “People ask what it is and we get to tell them the purpose.”
“I think if you see someone’s tattoo that you’re interested in, that’s fair game to start a conversation with someone you don’t know,” adds Jeremy. “It provides a great opportunity to talk. Tattoos are interesting marks we put on our bodies that are important to us.”
Last year, The Semicolon Tattoo Project held an event at several tattoo shops where people could get a semicolon tattoo for a flat rate. “That money was a fundraiser for our crisis center,” said Jenn. In total, over 400 people received semicolon tattoos in one day. Even better, what began as a local event has spread far and wide, and people all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos.
And it’s not just about the conversation it’s about providing tangible support and help too.
Jenn and Jeremy work with the Agora Crisis Center. Founded in 1970, it’s one of the oldest crisis centers in the country. Through The Semicolon Tattoo Project, they’ve been able to connect even more people with the help they need during times of crisis. (If you need someone to talk to, scroll to the end of the article for the center’s contact information.)
So next time you see this small punctuation tattoo, remember the words of Upworthy writer Parker Molloy:
“I recently decided to get a semicolon tattoo. Not because it’s trendy (though, it certainly seems to be at the moment), but because it’s a reminder of the things I’ve overcome in my life. I’ve dealt with anxiety, depression, and gender dysphoria for the better part of my life, and at times, that led me down a path that included self-harm and suicide attempts.
But here I am, years later, finally fitting the pieces of my life together in a way I never thought they could before. The semicolon (and the message that goes along with it) is a reminder that I’ve faced dark times, but I’m still here.”
No matter how we get there, the end result is so important: help and support for more people to also be able to say ” I’m still here.“