September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and I wanted to make a special mosaic in honor of my sister-in-law Gail and my friend Lynn Lunger, who are both Ovarian Cancer Survivors. Teal is the color of Ovarian Cancer Awareness, and it is an apt color, since it changes from blue to green depending on the shade, and can be elusive to pin down, as can be the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, which can be vague like abdominal pain and bloating. I get overwhelmed by awareness months sometimes, but what I take from this particular one is the sharing of a larger pattern and persistence of symptoms, which in relation to each other might mean something different, and particularly important for a form of cancer that does not have an early screening test or method of detection.
I was impressed by the work of Gail MacNeil and her Turn the Towns Teal Campaign.
Turn The Towns Teal® was was founded by Gail MacNeil of Chatham, NJ, who was inspired by her own experiences. . . She wanted to spare others what she and her family endured. Gail was fastidious about her health and went to her gynecologist on three separate occasions complaining of classic symptoms; however, her doctor dismissed these symptoms as merely the onset of middle age. On December 23, 1997 Gail was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer. There is NO early detection test for ovarian cancer which is why this campaign is so very, very critical in fighting the disease.
Team Etsy Project Embrace was started in honor of Laura Slocum, Etsy crafter, who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, as a way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. I am a member of this team, and 50% of the proceeds of the Teal Patchwork Mosaic Trivet will go to the American Cancer Society. [I am pleased to say that the teal mosaic sold!]